Fakes: Fraud, Value Anxiety and the Politics of Sincerity

Susanne Brandtstädter, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, has written the chapter "Fakes: Fraud, Value Anxiety and the Politics of Sincerity"  in Karen Sykes (ed), /Ethnographies of Moral Reasoning. Living Paradoxes of a Global Age. More on the book on the publisher Palgrave's pages.

The book's articles deal with  discussions of three contemporary concerns: cultural relativism versus universal rationalism; moral reason versus moral sentiment; and moral ambiguity and the disappearance of values. This collection looks at moral reasoning and values in case studies around the world, such as Kazakhstan, South India, England, and China.Rather than measure the actions of their subjects by reference to either universal rationality or cultural relativism, contributors in this volume describe ordinary people as they value human relationships and reason through the commonplace contradictions of their local way of life in a global age. 


"Anthropologists have become used to people's voices, 'analyses' even--this book breaks new ground by listening to 'arguments'. Arguments over what's best or right, moments of doubt or paradox about what's worthwhile, conundrums that need reasoning through. The approach is an enriching one, offering a novel purchase on the predicaments of social values in flux."--Marilyn Strathern, Professor of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University.

Tags: Ethnography, Moral, Morality, Sincerity
Published Aug. 4, 2011 1:07 PM - Last modified June 1, 2016 2:16 PM