The New Sociology of Morality and Morality in Practice

  • Owen AbbottEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology book series (PSRS)


Here, Abbott provides a thought-provoking sociology of everyday engagement with morality in practice. Drawing upon sociological research into the maintenance of tact and secrecy in interactional practice (Goffman), the facing of complex moral decisions within the family, and ethical consumption and the presentation of self-identity, the chapter argues firstly that people do ordinarily engage with morality in routine practice, and secondly that people engage with everyday moral practice at varying levels of embodied responsiveness, mundane reflexive awareness, and more concerted dialogic rumination. This then feeds into the argument that it is in everyday practice that morality and moral phenomena as we know them are enacted, sustained, and transformed.


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