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Moral Laboratories

Cheryl Mattingly


Moral Laboratories is an engaging ethnography and a groundbreaking foray into the anthropology of morality. It takes us on a journey into the lives of African American families caring for children with serious chronic medical conditions, and it foregrounds the uncertainty that affects their struggles for a good life. Challenging depictions of moral transformation as possible only in moments of breakdown or in radical breaches from the ordinary, it offers a compelling portrait of the transformative powers embedded in day-to-day existence. From soccer fields to dinner tables, the everyday emerge ... More

Keywords: ethics, family life, African Americans, suffering, narrative, morality, bioethics, mothering, health disparaties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520281196
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281196.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl Mattingly, author
University of Southern California