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"This topic is interesting and in need of serious study. The book is partially an attempt to exonerate gossip from its bad reputation by pointing to the various positive values it may promote....
"This topic is interesting and in need of serious study. The book is partially an attempt to exonerate gossip from its bad reputation by pointing to the various positive values it may promote. A worthy contribution to the study of gossip."—Irwin Goldstein, Davidson College
Author Biography: Robert F. Goodman is coauthor of Deadlock in School Desegregation and coeditor of Rethinking Knowledge and Values: Reflections Across the Disciplines.
Aaron Ben-Ze'ev is author of The Perceptual System: Philosophical and Psychological Considerations and Aristotle's On the Soul.
Contributors: Maryann Ayim, Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, Lorraine Code, Louise Collins, Anat Derech-Zahavi, Ronald de Sousa, Nicholas Emler, Franklin Goodkin, Robert F. Goodman, Marianne E. Jaeger, John Morreall, Baruch Nevo, Ofra Nevo, Robert Post, Bruce Rind, Ralph L. Rosnow, Sylvia Schein, Ferdinand Schoeman, Anne A. Skleder, Jerry Suls, Gabriele Taylor, Laurence Thomas
|1||The Vindication of Gossip||11|
|2||In Praise of Gossip: Indiscretion as a Saintly Virtue||25|
|3||Gossip as Moral Talk||34|
|4||The Logic of Gossip||47|
|5||Gossip and Humor||56|
|6||The Legal Regulation of Gossip: Backyard Chatter and the Mass Media||65|
|7||Gossip and Privacy||72|
|8||Knowledge Through the Grapevine: Gossip as Inquiry||85|
|9||Gossip, or in Praise of Chaos||100|
|10||Gossip: A Feminist Defense||106|
|11||Gossip, Reputation, and Social Adaptation||117|
|12||Used and Abused: Gossip in Medieval Society||139|
|13||Gossip, Gossipers, Gossipees||154|
|14||Medical Gossip and Rumor: Their Role in the Lay Referral System||169|
|15||The Tendency to Gossip as a Psychological Disposition: Constructing a Measure and Validating It||180|
|About the Contributors||209|