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Author Mattingly, Cheryl, 1951-

Title Moral laboratories : family peril and the struggle for a good life / Cheryl Mattingly
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 261 pages)
Contents Machine generated contents note: Acknowledgments -- Prologue -- Part One. First Person Virtue Ethics -- 1. Experimental Soccer and the Good Life -- 2. First Person Virtue Ethics and the Anthropology of Morality -- Part Two. Moral Becoming and the Everyday -- 3. Home Experiments: Scenes from the Moral Ordinary -- 4. Luck, Friendship, and the Narrative Self -- 5. Moral Tragedy: The Perils of a Superstrong Black Mother -- 6. The Flight of the Blue Balloons: Narrative Suspense and the Play of Possible Selves -- Part Three. Moral Pluralism as Cultural Possibility -- 7. Rival Moral Traditions and the Miracle Baby -- 8. Dueling Confessions: Revolution in the First Person -- 9. Tragedy, Possibility, and Philosophical Anthropology -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Moral Laboratories is an engaging ethnography and a groundbreaking foray into the anthropology of morality. It takes us on a journey into the lives of African American families caring for children with serious chronic medical conditions, and it foregrounds the uncertainty that affects their struggles for a good life. Challenging depictions of moral transformation as possible only in moments of breakdown or in radical breaches from the ordinary, it offers a compelling portrait of the transformative powers embedded in day-to-day existence. From soccer fields to dinner tables, the everyday emerge
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African American families -- California -- Los Angeles County.
Children with disabilities -- Medical care -- Moral and ethical aspects -- California -- Los Angeles County.
Chronically ill children -- Medical care -- Moral and ethical aspects -- California -- Los Angeles County.
Medical anthropology -- California -- Los Angeles County.
Medical ethics -- California -- Los Angeles County.
Chronic Disease -- ethnology.
African Americans -- ethnology.
Disabled Children.
Los Angeles.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520959531 (electronic bk.)
1322076111 (electronic bk.)
9780520959538 (electronic bk.)
9781322076119 (electronic bk.)