Everyday morality in families and a critique of social capital: an investigation into moral judgements, responsibilities and sentiments in Kyrgyzstani households

Sanghera, Balihar and Ablezova, Mehrigiul and Botoeva, Aisalkyn (2011) Everyday morality in families and a critique of social capital: an investigation into moral judgements, responsibilities and sentiments in Kyrgyzstani households. Theory and Society, 40 (2). pp. 167-190. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11186-011-9138-4) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article examines individuals’ lay understandings of moral responsibilities between adult kin members. Moral sentiments and practical judgments are important in shaping kinship responsibilities. The article discusses how judgments on requests of support can be reflexive and critical, taking into account many factors, including merit, social proximity, a history of personal encounters, overlapping commitments, and moral identity in the family. In so doing, we argue that moral responsibilities are contextual and relational. We also analyze how class, gender, and capabilities affect how individuals imagine, expect and discuss care responsibilities. We also offer a critique of social capital theory of families, suggesting that their versions of morality are instrumental, alienated, and restrictive. Although Bourdieu’s concept of habitus overlaps with our proposed moral sentiments approach, the former does not adequately address moral concerns, commitments, and evaluations. The article aims to contribute to a better understanding of everyday morality by drawing upon different literatures in sociology, moral philosophy, postcommunism, and development studies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 11:19 UTC
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 13:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34494 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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