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Title:
Distant suffering : morality, media and politics
Author:
Boltanski, Luc.
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Uniform Title:
Souffrance à distance. English
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xviii, 246 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in French: Editions Métailié, 1993.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1730 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780521573894

9780521659536
Format :
Book

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Summary

Images of starving children, bombed villages and mass graves brought to us by television in the comfort of our homes implicitly call on us to act. What can we do when the suffering we see is so distant and we feel powerless compared with the forces behind the suffering? Luc Boltanski examines the ways in which, since the end of the eighteenth century, spectators have tried to respond acceptably to what they have seen, and discusses whether there remains a place for pity in modern politics.


Table of Contents

Part I The Question of the Spectator
1 The politics of pity
2 Taking sides
3 The moral spectator
Part II The Topics of Suffering
4 The topic of denunciation
5 The topic of sentiment
6 The critique of sentimentalism
7 The aesthetic topic
8 Heroes and the accursed
Part III The Crisis of Pity
9 What reality has misfortune?
10 How realistic is action?