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Good NeighborsThe Democracy of Everyday Life in America$
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Nancy L. Rosenblum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169439

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169439.001.0001

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What Anyone Would Do, Here

What Anyone Would Do, Here

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(p.108) 5 What Anyone Would Do, Here
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Good Neighbors
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Nancy L. Rosenblum

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169439.003.0006

This chapter considers neighbors as enforcers. Neighbors surveil, instruct, monitor, correct, and reproach, and become indignant when those living nearby have not learned the lay of the land, or rudely map their own way. Neighbors enforcing familiar, comfortable ways of doing things differ from speaking out in response to a singular offense. These are the kinds of neighbors who harbor a broad set of expectations for appropriate conduct, and who judge that those who do not conform require correction or exclusion. The chapter explores the moral psychology of neighbors incensed (and fearful), and identifies two moral taproots of the warrant for minding one another's business in the spirit of reproach and with the aim of repair.

Keywords:   neighbors, enforcers, reproach, singular offense, conformity, exclusion, moral psychology

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