The Seven Deadly Sins: Society and Evil

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1989 - Humor - 355 pages
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When Stanford M. Lyman authored The Seven Deadly Sins: Society and Evil in 1978 it was hailed by Alasdair MacIntyre as "a book of absorbing interest and importance [that] places us all in his debt." By Nelson Hart as "a masterful and thought-provoking book [that] is the only scholarly treatment of sin that is so well-informed by the best of ancient through modern perspectives." By James A. Aho as a work whose "abstract hardly does justice to the scholarly and detailed analysis of sin." And by Harry Cohen as a "book [that] stands as a beautiful illustration of what holistic, idiosyncratic, interdisciplinary, and creative thinking and writing can bring to bear on the age-old problem of society and evil." The American Sociological Association's section on the Sociology of the Emotions selected this book as one of the works that laid the foundations for the study of pride, lust, envy, and anger basic sentiments embedded in the social process. For this revised and expanded edition Lyman has written a new chapter, "Sentiments, Sin, and Social Conflict: Toward a Sociology of the Emotions." The new edition will be a valuable work for courses in social psychology, ethics, deviance, and the sociology of morals and of religion."
  

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Contents

Sloth
5
THE AMBIGUITIES OF ACEDIA
7
The Passive Aspect
8
The Roots of Melancholy and Ennui
10
Boredom and the Activation of Sloth
14
Modern Versions of Acedia
18
SIN OR DISEASE?
21
THE DRAMATIZATION OF SLOTH
24
PRIDE AND THE INDIVIDUAL
149
The Ascetic as Redeemer and Revolutionary
151
The Ascetic Redeemer in American Culture
153
Sin and Sublimation
154
PRIDE AND KNOWLEDGE
159
Pride Knowledge and Sin in Jewish Thought and Practice
160
Christianity Heresy Knowledge and Pride
163
PRIDE AND INTELLECT IN THE SECULAR AGE
168

From Asceticism to Acedia
25
Yawns and the Tapping of Feet
28
Blessing or Curse? A Morality Play
30
Space
31
SCENARIOS OF CULTURE AND SLOTH
34
The Unemployed and the Disreputable Poor
35
The Givingup Syndrome Among Oceanic Peoples
38
APATHY AND AFFECTLESSNESS
40
CHEKHOVS DRAMATIZATION OF INERTIA
42
CONCLUSION
50
Lust
53
AUGUSTINE AQUINAS LUTHER
54
Thomas Aquinas and the Sociology of Sexual Deviation
59
Martin Luther and the Psychology of Lust
68
Puritan Attitudes Toward Lust
74
THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF LUST
76
The Asocial Consequences of Lust
77
Dyadic Withdrawal
79
THE DRAMA OF SIN AND DYADIC WITHDRAWAL IN DANTES INFERNO
81
THE DESUBLIMATION OF LOVE
86
Sociological and Anthropological Views
87
Psychoanalytic Views
91
Social Controls Over Lust
92
Eunuchs Celibates and Castrati
94
Chaperonage
98
Assortative Mating
99
Child and Arranged Marriage
100
THE MORAL EQUIVALENT OF LUST
101
The Theater of Cruelty of Antonin Artaud
102
CONCLUSION
108
Anger
110
ANGER AND THE DEFENSE OF SELF
113
Anger and Group Defense
114
Anger and Sexual Property
117
ANGER AND THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
119
Psychoanalysis and Anger
120
Social Psychology and Anger
121
Ethology and Anger
122
Phenomenological Sociology and Anger
124
ANGER AND TERRITORY
125
Public Territories
126
Home Territory
128
THE DRAMA OF ANGER
131
Pride
135
Early Christian Views of Pride
136
Aristotle on Pride
137
Adam Smith on Pride
139
Alanus de Insulis on Pride
141
Georg Simniel on Pride
142
CHAUCERS PARSONS TALE AND THE WASTE AND OBSCENITY IN PRIDEFUL DRESS
143
Later Variations
146
The Quest for Authenticity
170
PRIDE AND THE RELIGION OF SOCIOLOGY
173
DIGNITY IN DEATH
175
The Drama of Death and Dignity
177
Voltaire and the Art of Dying in EighteenthCentury France
178
The Problem of Pride in Public Executions
182
CONCLUSION
183
Envy
184
ENVY AND THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE
186
ENVY RELATIVE DEPRIVATION AND RESENTMENT
189
ENVY EMULATION AND COMPETITION
194
Envy and Display
198
ENVY AND ETHNICITY
200
ENVY AND ASCRIPTION
205
Gender Envy
206
THE DRAMATIZATION OF ENVY
209
Gluttony
212
History of the Sin of Gluttony
214
GLUTTONY AND THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE
215
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF GLUTTONY
221
STRATEGIES OF EXCUSE AND JUSTIFICATION
225
THE SUBLIMATION OF GLUTTONY
230
Greed
232
Greed as a Sin in Society and Culture
233
THE SEPARATION OF AVARICE FROM SIN
236
Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Greed
237
Mandeville Simmel and Weber
239
Mandeville
240
Simmel
241
Weber
243
SIN RESTORED
245
COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR WHITE COLLAR CRIME AND THE CONFIDENCE GAME
249
Tulipomania The South Sea Bubble and the Gold Rush
250
The South Sea Bubble
252
An Excursus on the Sociology of Karl Marx
253
WhiteCollar Crime
259
AN EXCURSUS ON THE SOCIOLOGY OF HERMAN MELVILLE
264
CONCLUSION
267
Society and Evil
269
Toward a Sociology of the Emotions
277
ANHEDONIA SIN AND THE PROTESTANT SUPPRESSION OF AFFECT
278
Anger
282
Acedia
283
Envy
284
SIN AND SENTIMENT IN STRUCTURALFUNCTIONALISM
286
AN EXCURSUS ON THE SOCIOLOGY OF SIN
290
A MICROECOLOGY OF THE EMOTIONS
295
NOTES
299
INDEX
343
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Standford M. Lyman is Robert J. Morrow Eminent Scholar and Professor of Social Science at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including "The Seven Deadly Sins: Society and Evil"; "Civilization: Discontents, Malcontents, and Other Essays in Social Theory"; and "Militarism, Imperialism and Racial Accomodation: An Analysis and Interpretation of the Early Writings of Robert E. Park".

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