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Distant Suffering

Distant Suffering
Morality, Media and Politics

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  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521659536

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  • Distant Suffering, first published in 1999, examines the moral and political implications for a spectator of the distant suffering of others as presented through the media. What are the morally acceptable responses to the sight of suffering on television, for example, when the viewer cannot act directly to affect the circumstances in which the suffering takes place? Luc Boltanski argues that spectators can actively involve themselves and others by speaking about what they have seen and how they were affected by it. Developing ideas in Adam Smith's moral theory, he examines three rhetorical 'topics' available for the expression of the spectator's response to suffering: the topics of denunciation and of sentiment and the aesthetic topic. The book concludes with a discussion of a 'crisis of pity' in relation to modern forms of humanitarianism. A possible way out of this crisis is suggested which involves an emphasis and focus on present suffering.

    • Insightful and scholarly sociological analysis of role of media in our lives
    • Examines rise of 'new humanitarianism' and charity actions in contemporary society
    • Puts very modern phenomena in context of history of political intervention and moral sensitivity
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    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521659536
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Question of the Spectator:
    1. The politics of pity
    2. Taking sides
    3. The moral spectator
    Part II. The Topics of Suffering:
    4. The topic of denunciation
    5. The topic of sentiment
    6. The critique of sentimentalism
    7. The aesthetic topic
    8. Heroes and the accursed
    Part III. The Crisis of Pity:
    9. What reality has misfortune?
    10. How realistic is action?

  • Author

    Luc Boltanski, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

    Translator

    Graham D. Burchell

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