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From altruism to sociality: a switch in perception

Dean, Hartley (2022) From altruism to sociality: a switch in perception. International Journal of Social Welfare. ISSN 1369-6866

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ijsw.12554

Abstract

The article critically reviews concepts and uses of the term altruism in relation to the emergence of the capitalist welfare state. It argues that altruism may be regarded as a fetishized representation of ‘sociality’ and that notions of altruism tend to obscure or distort understandings of the essential social interdependence that characterises humanity as a species. The article reaches back to anthropological evidence, to religious and philosophical influences, and to insights from scientific inquiry and it makes a case for a humanistic switch in perspective within the study of social policy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14682397
Additional Information: © 2022 Akademikerförbundet SSR (ASSR) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 09:54
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2022 18:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115643

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