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Do Unto Others : Extraordinary Acts Of Ordinary People - Samuel P. Oliner

Do Unto Others

Extraordinary Acts Of Ordinary People

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Published: 13th October 2004
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A passing motorist stops to help the passengers of a car that has crashed into an embankment. A hospice volunteer begins her shift in hospital ward caring for people with AIDS. A Vietnam chopper pilot stops the brutal execution of innocent civilians at Mylai by American soldiers. A firefighter responds to a routine call. All of these people are considered heroes, but what motivates such brave and altruistic acts, whether by trained professionals or just ordinary people? In "Do Unto Others," Holocaust survivor and sociologist Samuel Oliner explores what gives an individual a sense of social responsibility, what leads to the development of care and compassion, and what it means to put the welfare of others ahead of one's own. Having been saved himself from the Nazis at age 16 as the result of one non-Jewish family's altruism, Oliner has made a lifelong study of the nature of altruism. Weaving together moving personal testimony and years of observation, Oliner makes sense of the factors that elicit altruistic behavior - exceptional acts by ordinary people in ordinary times.

"You'll get a psychological lift reading about these people. What heroes have you known? There could be one next door."

Acknowledgments
Preface
"You Must Live and Tell the Story": How One Heroic Act Saved My Lifep. 1
"Let's Roll!": Heroes of 9/11p. 17
Saving the Jewish Baby: Non-Jewish Rescuers in Nazi-Occupied Europep. 37
"Have Courage and Remember": Jewish Rescuers in Nazi-Occupied Europep. 65
"Those Who Save One Life Are as if They Saved the Entire Universe": Andrew Carnegie's Heroesp. 91
So Others May Live: The Courage of Military Heroesp. 113
Visions of a More Just World: The Acts of Moral Leadersp. 137
"When I Give, I Give Myself": The Acts of Philanthropyp. 173
Finding the Best in Ourselves: Putting the Welfare of Others Alongside Our Ownp. 195
Building a World of Care: Questions Yet to Be Exploredp. 209
Bibliographyp. 215
Data, Methods, and Samples for this Bookp. 233
More Stories of Non-Jewish Rescuersp. 237
More Stories of Jewish Rescuersp. 245
Carnegie Heroes Research and Datap. 247
Tables and Crosstabsp. 249
Hospice Volunteers Datap. 253
End Notesp. 259
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ISBN: 9780813342870
ISBN-10: 0813342872
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 13th October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.37  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1