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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


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.

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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

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