The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006 - 209 pages
The study of altruism and altruistic behavior has caught the attention of social scientists especially in recent years. What motivates individuals to cultivate attitudes and actions that promote the wellbeing of others at the expense of, or at the risk of negative consequences for their own?
In our contemporary global society marked by conflict and violence among different sectors of the population in various regions of the world, and wherein religion can be a factor that exacerbates such conflict and violence, harnessing the power of religion towards directions of reconciliation, creativity, and altruistic action, remains a crucial task for humankind.
This volume addresses a question especially relevant in our day: do people who profess religious commitment or affiliation in a particular religious community tend to nurture altruistic kinds of attitude and action more than others? Social scientists present results of their empirical studies on Japanese society, as well as on North American, European, Indian, and Thai societies, to focus on this issue and offer insightful reflections on the relationship between religion and society.
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THE NORDIC PERSPECTIVE AND THE CASE OF FINLAND Compared with
other nations , the Nordic nations ( Finland , Sweden , Norway , and Denmark )
form a quite distinct group . They share values concerning politics , work and
Ever since the depression , the social and voluntary work carried out by the
church has been an increasingly important component of the Finnish and Nordic
social welfare system , as can been seen in the following section . All in all , even
Future of provision of welfare European societies , including the Nordic countries
, are undergoing significant economic , social and religious change which is
evident in the ongoing processes of privatization and de - traditionalisation , as
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