Mattingly, C. (2015) Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life, California: University of California Press

Motivation for inclusion:

Moral Laboratories is Mattingly’s second book, and is the result of her ethnographic work with African-American families raising children in the face of poverty and chronic illness. Mattingly’s work is an excellent example of how an ethical theory like virtue ethics can be operationalized as a theoretical framework, and used in the context of empirical social science research. She shows how ‘real world actors’ engage with concepts such as ‘the good life’, exploring how parents, particularly mothers and grandmothers, are constantly engaged in the process of cultivating their own virtues in order that they can meet the challenges facing them, and so that they can also assist in the moral education of their families.

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