On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence

Furedi, F. (2011) On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence. Continuum Publishing Corporation, 224 pp. ISBN 9781441120106. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Outwardly, we live in an era that appears more open-minded, non-judgemental and tolerant than in any time in human history. The very term intolerant invokes moral condemnation. We are constantly reminded to understand the importance of respecting different cultures and diversities. In this pugnacious new book, Frank Furedi argues that despite the democratisation of public life and the expansion of freedom, society is dominated by a culture that not only tolerates but often encourages intolerance. Often the intolerance is directed at people who refuse to accept the conventional wisdom and who are stigmatised as 'deniers'. Frequently intolerance comes into its own in clashes over cultural values and lifestyles. People are condemned for the food they eat, how they parent and for wearing religious symbols in public. This book challenges the 'quiet mood of tolerance' towards morally stigmatised forms of behaviors. The author examines recent forms of 'unacceptable behaviour'. It will tease out the real motives and drivers of intolerance.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 11:10
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2013 09:20
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31839 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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