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Contemporary social evils$
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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424099

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424099.001.0001

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(p.84) (p.85) 6 Preface
Contemporary social evils

David Utting

Policy Press

There were a number of concrete issues in contemporary Britain that participants identified with relative frequency as well as considerable passion. It was also common for people to discuss these issues in terms of social values, morals and individual or collective traits whose existence (or absence) was also commonly considered ‘evil’. The authors, whose contributions appear as 11 separate chapters in this section, come from a range of social, cultural, philosophical and ideological backgrounds. While concentrating on particular themes, they were not under any injunction preventing them from ranging across other topics raised in the consultations. An overview of their chapters included in this book is given. Collectively, they can be seen to contribute additional layers and depths of meaning to the perspectives identified by the consultations described in the previous section of the book.

Keywords:   contemporary Britain, social evil, social values, morals, individual trait, collective trait, consultations

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