The five essays in Bo Carlsson’s new book represent an attempt to place shame and forgiveness on the agenda of studies in the sociology of law. The study indicates that various forms of psychological pressures directed towards the individual’s conscience and sense of shame have great impact on what is commonly referred to as “morality”.
This reflection on moral feelings takes its departure in football, juvenile delinquency, insolvency law and Raskolnikoff’s anguish, and is theoretically based primarily in a Durkheimian perspective.
What is important in the study of “morality” is that the argument is not based on statements of ethical principles, legal rules or philosophical scholars. Instead, by relating the study to micro-processes, there will arise an opportunity to investigate the “abstractness” of morality in a “practical milieu,” as real life phenomena.