Moral regulation: rituals, symbols and the collective conscience

Bill Jordan

in Why the Third Way failed

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304296 | DOI:
Moral regulation: rituals, symbols and the collective conscience

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This chapter argues that the Third Way's adoption of self-actualisation and self-responsibility as its model of moral regulation meant that it greatly underestimated the importance of emotional, aesthetic, symbolic, and ritual elements in the creation of the social order, and above all it discounted collective influences on social relations. By buying into the notion that ‘reflexive individualisation’ was a wholly new, post-traditional feature of late modern culture, it mistook a culturally produced dominant myth for a new liberation, in which individuals met as ‘real’, ‘reflexive’, and ‘authentic’.

Keywords: moral regulation; Third Way; social order; social relations; reflexive individualisation; late modern culture

Chapter.  8454 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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