Care and the transformative potential of ethics

Scuzzarello, Sarah, Kinnvall, Catarina and Monroe, Kristen Renwick (2009) Care and the transformative potential of ethics. In: Scuzzarello, Sarah, Kinnvall, Catarina and Monroe, Kristen R (eds.) On behalf of others: the morality of care in a global world. Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN 9780195385557

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The final chapter interweaves the volume’s major themes and argues that the political psychology of real or perceived violence in a global world calls for new approaches for understanding the collective experience of diversity, violence, and ethics and the shaping of subjectivity. The chapter calls for the importance of adopting a relational understanding of the self whereby self and identity acquire meaning through constant interactions with others and contexts. It is also argued that globalization enables meetings with previously faraway others, which may lead to questioning one’s own convictions and conceptions of the self. The establishment of transformative dialogues between members of allegedly antagonistic groups, and particular attention to both the psychological underpinnings of closure and antagonistic relations and their structural causes can be conceived of as analytical tools to further our understanding of group closure and conflict. But they can also be important instruments if we are to seriously grasp the promotion of social courage, pro-social behavior, tolerance, care, and altruism.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
J Political Science
Depositing User: Sarah Scuzzarello
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 10:34
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 10:34
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