Polity
www.polity.co.uk

Printed at: 25/04/2014  –  07:36:50


Love and Justice as Competences

By: Luc Boltanski (École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris)


Description

People care a great deal about justice. They protest and engage in confrontations with others when their sense of justice is affronted or disturbed. When they do this, they don’t generally act in a strategic or calculating way but use arguments that claim a general validity. Disputes are commonly regulated by these ‘regimes of justice’ implicit in everyday social life. But justice is not the only regime that governs action. There are some actions that are selfless and gratuitous, and that belong to what might be called a regime of ‘peace’ or ‘love’. In the course of their everyday lives, people constantly move back and forth between these two regimes, that of justice and that of love. And everyone also has the capacity for violence, which arises when the regulation of action within either of these regimes breaks down. 

In Love and Justice as Competences, Boltanski lays out this highly original framework for analysing the action of individuals as they pursue their day-to-day lives. The framework outlined in this important book is the basis for the path-breaking work that he has developed over the last twenty years – work that has examined the moral foundations of society in and through the forms of everyday conflict. For anyone who wants to understand what a critical sociology might mean today, this book is an essential text.

Top of Page



Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745649092
ISBN10
0745649092
Publication Dates ROW:
Jun 2012
Publication Dates US:
Jul 2012
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jun 2012


Format
237 x 158 mm
9.30 x 6.20 in
Pages
328 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745649108
ISBN10
0745649106
Publication Dates ROW:
Jun 2012
Publication Dates US:
Jul 2012
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jun 2012



Format
229 x 153 mm
9.00 x 6.00 in
Pages
328 pages

* Exam copies only available to lecturers for whom the book may be suitable as a course text.
Please note: Sales representation and distribution for Polity titles is provided by John Wiley and Sons Ltd.

Top of Page


Reviews

'When an injustice is committed, most of us simmer in anger and indignation and feel compelled to denounce the perpetrators. Yet, despite its widespread character, the actual social and emotional experience of injustice has hardly been studied. This book is the first major sociological study of denunciation, that most ordinary act present in personal and public life. Boltanski is the leading sociologist of his generation, and this book's virtuosity shows why.'
Eva Illouz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Top of Page


Table of Contents

Foreword
Part One: What People Can Do
1. A Sociology of Disputes
2. The Political Basis for General Forms
3. Ordinary Denunciations and Critical Sociology
4. The Sociology of Critical Society
5. A Model of Competence for Judgement
6. Principles of Equivalence and Justifiable Proofs
7. Tests and Temporality
8. Four Modes of Action
9. Below the Threshold of the Report
Part Two: Agape: An Introduction to the States of Peace
1. Disputes and Peace
1.1 The Limits of Justice
1.2 Anthropology and Tradition
1.3 The Theological Tradition
2. Three Forms of Love
2.1 An Initial Inventory
2.2 Love as Reciprocity: Philia
2.3 Eros and the Construction of General Equivalence
2.4 Agape and the Withdrawal of Equivalence
2.5 The Insouciance of Agape
2.6 Duration and Permanence
2.7 The Example of Little Flowers
2.8 Parable and Metaphor
3. Agape and the Social Sciences
3.1 Agape: Practical Model, Ideal or Utopia?
3.2 Marx and the Theory of Justice
3.3 The Paradoxes of Gifts and Counter-gifts
4. Toward a Sociology of Agape
4.1 The Model of Pure Agape
4.2 Access to the States of Agape
4.3 From Love to Justice
4.4 From Justice to Love
4.5 Agape and Emotion
Part Three: Public Denunciation
1. The Affair as a Social Form
2. The Actantial System of Denunciation
3. The Requirement of Desingularization
4. The Difficult Denunciation of Kith and Kin
5. Maneuvering to Increase One's Own Stature
6. What One Must Not Do Oneself
7. Generalization and Singularity
8. Dignity Offended
9. Confidence Betrayed
Annex 1. Building the Factorial Analysis
Annex 2. A Sampling of Typical Letters
Works Cited

Top of Page


Author Information

Luc Boltanski is Professor of Sociology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

Top of Page