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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Analysing various surveys such as British Social Attitudes , the Gallup Poll , and
the British Household Panel Survey , Gill concludes that . . . there is a great deal
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To my surprise , the typical response was that there had never been a “ Cold War
, " or the Cold War had not really ended . For better or worse , almost all the
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There have been few quantitative surveys of New Agers ( Frisk , forthcoming )
and fewer still that also include measures of altruism . For example , the
published results ( Heelas and Woodhead , 2005 ) of the Kendal Project , a large
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