Sociology of contemplative empathy

Ewan, Glenn (2012). Sociology of contemplative empathy. In: Lynda Cheshire and Alex Broom, 2012 Conference Proceedings TASA. The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2012), Brisbane, Australia, (). 26-29 November 2012.

Author Ewan, Glenn
Title of paper Sociology of contemplative empathy
Conference name The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2012)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 November 2012
Proceedings title 2012 Conference Proceedings TASA
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher The Australian Sociological Association
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780646587837
Editor Lynda Cheshire
Alex Broom
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper proposes a new theory of society that links ritualized solitary thought for other people’s wellbeing, with the good of society as a whole. The term contemplative empathy here describes those private moments when we attempt to imagine ourselves in the shoes of other people and consider what we ourselves can do to treat them better. I will suggest that if we set aside time every day for contemplative empathy, that it more than any other praxis is likely to make the future world a better one to live in, in terms of: better relationships, reducing social inequalities, environmental sustainability, self-worth, mutual respect, and support for disadvantaged people. I will also propose that ritualized contemplative empathy is something we are all meant to be doing, and that this can be interpreted in both an evolutionary and theistic sense. Ideas of Comte, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Aristotle, Mead, Gadamer, and other founding social theorists will all be reinterpreted to explore this theory & practice. I will comment on the social forces, structures, norms, and beliefs, which both encourage and discourage the practice, and the manner that they in turn become changed by it.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference 2012 was a joint event including both TASA and the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ), including a special trans-Tasman plenary session.

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