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A Pack of Lies : Towards a Sociology of Lying - J. A. Barnes

A Pack of Lies

Towards a Sociology of Lying

By: J. A. Barnes, Jack Goody (Editor), Geoffrey Hawthorn (Editor), John Dunn (Editor)

Paperback Published: 8th August 1994
ISBN: 9780521459785
Number Of Pages: 216

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Defining lies as statements that are intended to deceive, this book considers the contexts in which people tell lies and explores the consequences. The author looks at societies with distinctive religious and ethical traditions where lying is the norm. He also shows how children acquire the capacity to lie at an early age, and learn when it is appropriate to do so. In conclusion, Professor Barnes argues that people are inclined to tell the truth, for apart from the question of morality, there are pragmatic reasons for doing so.

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"Barnes composes a vision of lying that interlaces material from an impressive array of sources...The typology of lies expostulated in the book could possibly provide researchers with a foil for generating testable hypotheses." Mark L. Harvey, Comtemporary Psychology "...an impeccably scholarly survey..." Contemporary Sociology

What is a lie?
Where lies are expected
Ambiguous domains
Cultural diversity
Structural relations
Self-deception and connivance in deceit
Telling and detecting lies
Benign untruths: the discourse of fiction
Do we have to lie?
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ISBN: 9780521459785
ISBN-10: 0521459788
Series: Themes in the Social Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 8th August 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.44  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.34

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