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A Criminology of Moral Order$
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Hans Boutellier

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203752

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203752.001.0001

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A conceptual exploration of moral space

A conceptual exploration of moral space

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A Criminology of Moral Order

Hans Boutellier

Policy Press

This introductory chapter elaborates on the relation between social organization and morality. It discusses the emergence of a network society, the secular condition, superdiversity, individualized morality and the dominance of the security issue. It argues that Western societies can be characterized with three words: complexity without direction. With digitalization as a driving force, the social order of our times has completely changed compared to the ideologically organized world of some decades ago. Morality is no longer a ‘natural’, but must be understood as emerging from the ethical and normative buzz that arises from an improvising society. This emerging morality is fuelled by inspiring stories, moments of ‘fullness’ (i.e., moral or spiritual feelings), and practices under the condition of the rule of law that respect human diversity and put clear boundaries on subversive actions.

Keywords:   social organization, morality, network society, secular condition, superdiversity, Western society

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