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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Work Kamagasaki has a population of about 30 , 000 of whom 20 , 000 are day
labourers . Kamagasaki is a yoseba , which in modern Japanese means a place
where day labourers gather and contractors come to pick the workforce they want
In Japanese , the day labourers ' job conditions are described as sanK ( 3K ) -
Kitanai , Kitsui , Kiken . In English that translates as 3D - Dirty , Demanding and
Dangerous . According to Hirai ( 2002 ) , a veteran worker and labour union man
Second , in 1973 the City of Osaka asked the group to organise facilities to
accommodate unemployed day labourers during the New Year of 1974 ( Strohm
1988 : 125ff . ) . Seasonal unemployment characterises Kamagasaki , as
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