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 rise of monopolistic capitalism , rapid industrialization , and urbanization and
the breakdown of the traditional community structure gave rise to new forms of
poverty and related social problems ( e . g . rise of urban poor , labour problems ...
... ask these groups to engage in a critique based on just war theories , as we
have seen from Paul Gilbert , the resort to rhetoric that disallows all use of force
does not seem to be convincing , especially in dealing with the problem of
The southern Thai problem has become an Achilles ' heel for the Thai
government , because Thai watchers in Western ... Irritated by difficult problems
in southern Thailand , the top - down CEO style leadership asserted vigorous
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