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Gediminas Lankauskas

This article examines The Word of Faith, one of the largest congregations of "modern" charismatic Christians in post-Soviet Lithuania. The ethnographic focus is on the church's extensive network of trust, altruistic exchange, and sociability, known as bendravimas. These networks are theorized as a kind of civil society that allows its members to claim "ethical distinction" and enables them to take a critical stance toward the surrounding social milieu, perceived to be in moral disarray. The Word of Faith is discussed in relation to the national Catholic Church (its principal religious rival) and vis-à-vis broader Lithuanian society. The article suggests that it is concrete everyday practices deemed to be moral and civil, rather than abstract Christian precepts, that motivate Word of Faith believers to be "good people." It is also argued that such practices constitute important means for engendering and reproducing the charisma of this "modern" evangelical congregation.

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Katja's canteen

Complex intersections of the public and the private in the South Bohemian countryside

Haldis Haukanes

This article discusses notions of "public" and "private" in the postsocialist Czech Republic through a comparative examination of food practices in families and in the canteen of an agricultural cooperative in South Bohemia. Different meanings of public and private will be outlined, making up a complex set of referential contexts for the interaction between canteen personnel and customers. Analysis of daily life in the canteen revealed that the personnel tended to personalize customer relations. It is argued that this inclination cannot be explained first and foremost as the influence of market-oriented postsocialist public debates on public-private relations. The canteen is a key provider of services to the community but is not run according to market principles or driven by the logic of profit. Its friendly atmosphere is predicated on the moral practice and personal skills of its employees and is embedded in local cultures of food sharing. By exploring daily practice and interaction in the canteen, the article critically examines implications for the feminist concept of emotional labor that have emerged in studies on capitalist, profit-driven enterprises.

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How popular Confucianism became embarrassing

On the spatial and moral center of the house in rural China

Hans Steinmüller

In the past, most farmhouses in central China had an ancestral shrine and a paper scroll with the Chinese letters for "heaven, earth, emperor, ancestors, and teachers" on the wall opposite the main entrance. The ancestral shrine and paper scroll were materializations of the central principles of popular Confucianism. This article deals with their past and present. It describes how in everyday action and in ritual this shrine marked a spatial and moral center. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) the ancestral shrines and paper scrolls were destroyed, and replaced by a poster of Mao Zedong. Although the moral principles of popular Confucianism were dismissed by intellectuals and politicians, Mao Zedong was worshipped in ways reminiscent of popular Confucian ritual. The Mao poster and the paper scroll stand for a continuity of a spatial-moral practice of centering. What has changed however is the public evaluation of such a local practice, and this tension can produce a double embarrassment. Elements of popular Confucianism (which had been forcefully denied in the past) remain somewhat embarrassing for many people in countryside. At the same time urbanites sometimes inversely perceive the Maoist condemnation of popular Confucianism as an awkward survival of peasant narrow-mindedness—all the more so as Confucian traditions are now reinvented and revitalized as cultural heritage.

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Relational Ethics and Partiality

A Critique of Thad Metz’s ‘Towards an African Moral Theory’

Motsamai Molefe

for Research in Values and Philosophy , 101 – 122 . Keller , S. 2013 . Partiality . Princeton : Princeton University Press . Lord , E. 2016 . ‘ Justifying Partiality ’. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice: An International Forum 19

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Michael Saward

. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan . Carens , J. H. 2004 . “ A Contextual Approach to Political Theory .” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 7 ( 2 ): 117 – 132 . 10.1023/B:ETTA.0000032761.25298.23 Cross , N. 2011 . Design Thinking . London

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Enemies of the people

Theorizing dispossession and mirroring conspiracy in the Republic of Georgia

Katrine Bendtsen Gotfredsen

, and politically marginalized, my interlocutors repacked their generation-specific marginality into something that is of concern to a broader audience. In contrasting the present to their personal pasts, these pasts—including the moral practices and

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Olusegun Steven Samuel and Ademola Kazeem Fayemi

African Theory of Moral Status: A Relational Alternative to Individualism and Holism ’, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 : 387 – 402 . doi: 10.1007/s10677-011-9302-y . 10.1007/s10677-011-9302-y Metz , T. 2013a . ‘ The Virtues of African Ethics

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Sara Selwood and Lillia McEnaney

relationship between physical places and moral practices emerged as an academic field in the 1970s. The discipline of moral geography proposes that geographical context is crucial to understanding distinctive ethical judgments and perceptions of difference

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April Mandrona

research ethics, this study brought to light some of the ethical complexities of using participatory visual research with girls who are marginalized or who belong to hidden populations. Virginia Held has argued that different moral practices should be

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Joan Vergés-Gifra

as Possible: The Theory of Marxian Liberalism . Chichester : Wiley Blackwell . Rippe , K. P. 1998 . ‘ Diminishing Solidarity ’, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 1 ( 3 ): 355 – 374 . 10.1023/A:1009965816147 Rorty , R. 1989