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" Yes, too often." by Kay S. Hymowitz

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Andrea Cangialosi

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"Yes, too often." by Kay S. Hymowitz
MAIDS / GSP 2014 - Globalization and Development in the Asia Pacific
Beyond the US/Westerners' nose

Morality preservation as main perspective

Free market fosters novelties/change
Actually entails both threats AND opportunities

Rather than solely "free market":
Neoliberal thoughts/processes (economical, social, political, cultural areas)
Unchallenged (self-)cannibalisation of moral infrastructure: other actors?
Newborn religions and myths & contemporary relevance of existing creeds

Underlying (only hinted) feminist discourse:
(single) mothers in charge of increasingly difficult children's moral socialization
Surrogates & Umbilical cords:
extra-curricular courses, tutors, babysitters ...
phones, instant messaging, GPS, etc.

Final considerations:
Hyper/hypo-parenting extremes
Knowledge economy & protestant ethics influence
Worsening inequality/poverty (weaker cultural assets)
Education systems (esp. College) to be revised
Judgement/recommendation reluctance
Family-based formation of morality:
Strong family & cultural conspiracy of moral teachers
Moral socialization / emotions (sympathy, guilt)

Market corroded the power of the family:
cars (distances, "brothel on wheels")
TV & internet ("latchkey child", domestic gatekeeper - mothers - bypass)

Three ways in which market economies weaken morality socialization:
a. Introduction of novelty of change, challenging the established order
b. Sparking individual desire, challenging self-discipline and moral obligations
c. Treating children as autonomous, pseudo-adults (not an immature dependent)
Summary (PT 1)
Khop Khun Khrap!
Khop Khun Kha!

Andrea Cangialosi, Hkwan Ja Aung, Nico Hoffmann & Ni Ni Win
FAMILY (past)
MARKET (now)
Outcomes: hedonism, materialism and anarchic egoism; increased anonymity
Summary (PT II)
Not only bad news!
Changing established moral rules = general threat. Really?

Moral character only exists in perspective.

Are we missing the point?

Checks-and-balances to counter endangered morality.
Personal Opinions
Hymnowitz, K. S. (2008): Yes, too often. In: Does the free market corrode moral character? West Conshohocen, PA: John Templeton Foundation. www.templeton.org/market
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