By Didier Fassin

A significant other to ethical Anthropology is the 1st collective attention of the anthropological dimensions of morals, morality, and ethics. unique essays through foreign specialists discover some of the currents, methods, and concerns during this vital new self-discipline, reading issues reminiscent of the ethnography of moralities, the research of ethical subjectivities, and the exploration of ethical economies.

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INDD 13 6/22/2012 4:11:49 PM 14 DIDIER FASSIN psychic economy of pulsions associated with chastisement is far from transparent; indeed the civilizing of punishment, with the disappearing of its spectacle, generally associated with modernity, is often contradicted by actual facts in societies that appear to be increasingly intolerant and punitive. Borders are often exclusively thought of as delimitations of territories; yet, with the growing anxieties about immigration and identities, they have become sites of intense moralization, both symbolically in the public sphere and concretely in the work of border officers, awakening the debate between cosmopolitanism and nationalism.

Fourth, critique supposes an interrogation about the reasons, justifications, and consequences of the deployment of morality and ethics as a language to describe, interpret, and act in the contemporary world. Certainly this language is not entirely new, but its recent deployment questions the signification of this ethical turn. It is necessary to apprehend the economic and social issues it reformulates or eclipses, particularly in terms of inequality and power, and the alternative perspectives it delegitimizes, whether they invoke justice or conflict.

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