Good Gossip

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"Gossip is inherently democratic, concerned with private life rather than public issues, 'idle,' in the sense that it is not instrumental or goal oriented. Yet it can serve to expand our consciousness of what life is about in ways that are effectively inaccessible to other modes of inquiry."—Ronald de Sousa from Good Gossip

"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....

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Overview

"Gossip is inherently democratic, concerned with private life rather than public issues, 'idle,' in the sense that it is not instrumental or goal oriented. Yet it can serve to expand our consciousness of what life is about in ways that are effectively inaccessible to other modes of inquiry."—Ronald de Sousa from Good Gossip

"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

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Scholars from various disciplines consider gossip in relation to humor, logic, morality, privacy, legal and medical issues, feminism, history, rumor, and reputation in this collection of essays suggesting that gossip has unexpected virtues. Topics include gossip in Medieval society, and the role of medical gossip and rumor in the lay referral system. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700606702
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
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
Notes 193
References 199
About the Contributors 209
Index 211
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