moral career

moral career

the identifiable sequences in a labelling process in which a person's identity (particularly deviant identity) and moral status is progressively changed. For example, the moral career of the mental patient (GOFFMAN, Stigma, 1963) in which the patient is first 'S ane’, then a patient, and finally an expatient. In this process the entire biography of a person may be reinterpreted in the light of the ‘moral’ evaluations progressively imposed. Compare DEGRADATION CEREMONY.
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and I had thought it a good opportunity to make a few salutary remarks upon her late moral career, and said: "No, I am not pleased with you.
According to Goffman, a crucial moment in the moral career of the mental patient is the act of internment in an asylum, because of the transition from being a person to being a patient and the sharp reduction in free adult status implicit in this transition (1).
However, there are other possible consequences of what the author calls the moral career of the mental patient, also involving status, rights and privacy: the legal case, user, activist, artist, resident and abandoned.
The moral career of the drug addict undergoes an important change when his addiction is discovered and he goes from being a "discreditable" person to being a "discredited" person (Goffman 1963): For the first time he must measure himself against the definitions that others make of him and his situation.
Paugam, 2005, " The Moral Career of Poor Patients in Free Clinics ", Social Science & Medicine, 61 : 1369-1380.
Erving Goffman, Stigma: Notes on The Management of Spoiled Identity (Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1963) is the principal text, but see, also, idem, "The Moral Career of The Mental Patient," Psychiatry: Journal for The Study of Interpersonal Processes 22 (May, 1959): 123-42.
The moral career departs from the strict focus on work and occupations, concentrating on the interaction between the psychological experiences of individuals and the structural conditions that influence their movement through a particular social world.
That Used to Be Us': Animality, Humanity, and Moral Careers in the Buffyverse" somewhat less focused than I expected from the title; while it deals with the moral implications of animal elements in human characters, such as Oz's werewolf component, the author includes monsters and perceptions about race in her broad definition of animality; the definition almost becomes too broad to be useful, and doesn't even touch on episodes like "The Pack" (1.
These omissions are a significant oversight for a book that wants to approach gambling sociologically and is, in part, about the moral careers of people who develop problem gambler identities.
Happiness" is not an abstract given, an objective and formal framework into which our desires are fit, but is rather a conception built up by individuals in the course of their moral careers.
One such group, described by Bogdan and Taylor (1989), is people "in caring and accepting relationships with severely disabled people," who "have moral careers that humanize rather than dehumanize" (pp.
Different moral careers lead to deviance -- for some it is purely instrumental and temporary, some blunder into misconduct, others take part in complex conspiracies and in extreme cases such as BCCI, organizations become criminal or organizations.