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Distant Suffering Morality, Media and Politics

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ISBN-10: 0521659531

ISBN-13: 9780521659536

Edition: 1999

Authors: Luc Boltanski, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Graham D. Burchell, Steven Seidman

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Distant Suffering 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…    
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/13/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

The Question of the Spectator
The politics of pity
Taking sides
The moral spectator
The Topics of Suffering
The topic of denunciation
The topic of sentiment
The critique of sentimentalism
The aesthetic topic
Heroes and the accursed
The Crisis of Pity
What reality has misfortune?
How realistic is action?