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The moral self: class, narcissism and the problem of do-it-yourself moralities

Hookway, N ORCID: 0000-0002-0187-4741 2017 , 'The moral self: class, narcissism and the problem of do-it-yourself moralities' , The Sociological Review, vol. 66, no. 1 , pp. 107-121 , doi: 10.1177/0038026117699540.

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Abstract

This article is a qualitative exploration of how contemporary morality is understood and constructed using Australian blog and interview data. A key finding is that the bloggers articulate morality as an actively created and autonomous do-it-yourself project that prioritises the subjective authority and authenticity of the self. While the blog stories do lend support to charges of narcissism, this is partly a product of bloggers misidentifying their own evaluative practices. In the interview accounts they tend to describe morality in subjectivist terms – I do what I believe/think/feel is right – but in their blogged accounts, they highlight a relational and responsive morality which attends to the Other and the situation. Further, the article highlights how the bloggers are producing a particular classed model of selfhood and moral reflexivity where they have access to the resources to self-tell as choosing and self-responsible subjects.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hookway, N
Keywords: authenticity, blogs, class, ethics, morality, moral reflexivity, self, self-telling
Journal or Publication Title: The Sociological Review
Publisher: Blackwell Publ Ltd
ISSN: 0038-0261
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/0038026117699540
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Copyright 2017 The Authors

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