Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment / Edition 1

Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment / Edition 1

by Anne Colby, William Damon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0029063566

ISBN-13: 9780029063569

Pub. Date: 06/27/1994

Publisher: Free Press

Although many people believe that this is a barren time for moral leadership in this country, in Some Do Care Anne Colby and William Damon show that moral heroes do exist today. Drawing on in-depth interviews, they offer a revealing look into the lives of twenty-three Americans who have provided exemplary moral leadership in communities across the United States. These…  See more details below

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Although many people believe that this is a barren time for moral leadership in this country, in Some Do Care Anne Colby and William Damon show that moral heroes do exist today. Drawing on in-depth interviews, they offer a revealing look into the lives of twenty-three Americans who have provided exemplary moral leadership in communities across the United States. These are people who have worked for the poor, fought battles for civil rights, worked for peace and protection of the environment, and generally have dedicated their lives to the service of others. Some are highly educated; others have had no more than a grade school education. Some are wealthy and influential, while others live near the poverty line. All have made a marked difference on their own communities and on America society. Some Do Care traces the lives and goals of these dedicated people from their first moral awakening in childhood to the wisdom and enduring moral commitment of their later years. The authors explore how these people acquire their moral goals, how their goals change and grow over the years, and how they sustain their faith and certainty in the face of grave risk and formidable sacrifice for themselves and their families. Drawing on these lives, the authors offer new insights about the role of faith and the importance of role models, particularly during the exemplar's formative years, as well as the meaning of moral courage and how it may be acquired. Five of the book's chapters present in-depth profiles of each of five moral exemplars living across the United States. The stories of their lives present a moral vision of America in inspiring color and detail. In conjunction with the profile chapters, integrative theme chapters present findings from interviews of other living moral exemplars and new theoretical insights about moral commitment in every day life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780029063569
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
06/27/1994
Edition description:
First Free Press
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
0.82(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Mysteries of Moral Commitment1
2Identifying Moral Exemplars and Studying Their Lives25
3Suzie Valadez: "Queen of the Dump"39
4Courage and Certainty Amid Risk65
5Virginia Durr: Champion of Justice91
6Jack Coleman: Seeker of Personal Excellence135
7How Moral Commitment Develops Throughout Life167
8Charleszetta Waddles: Matriarch of Faith201
9Cabell Brand: Entrepreneur in Service to the Poor229
10Positivity and Hopefulness259
11The Uniting of Self and Morality293
Appendix A. The Nominating Study313
Appendix B. Methodological Concerns319
Appendix C. Action, Commitment, and Moral Judgment: The Kohlberg Measure327
Notes331
Acknowledgments343
Index345

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