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The Resource Life and death decisions : the quest for morality and justice in human societies, Sheldon Ekland-Olson

Life and death decisions : the quest for morality and justice in human societies, Sheldon Ekland-Olson

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Life and death decisions : the quest for morality and justice in human societies
Title
Life and death decisions
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the quest for morality and justice in human societies
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Sheldon Ekland-Olson
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Language
eng
Summary
"This second edition of Life and Death Decisions has been updated to consider the rising stakes for issues of life and death. Abortion, assisted dying, and capital punishment are among the most contentious issues in many societies and demand debate. Whose rights are protected? How do these rights and protections change over time and who makes those decisions? Based on the author's award-winning and hugely popular undergraduate course at the University of Texas, this book explores the fundamentally sociological processes which underlie the quest for morality and justice in human societies. The Author's goal is not to advocate any particular moral "high ground" but to shed light on the social movements and social processes which are at the root of these seemingly personal moral questions and to develop readers to develop their own opinions. Under 200 printed pages, this slim paperback can be easily assigned in a variety of undergraduate courses that touch on the social bases underlying these contested and contentious issues"--
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1944-
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Ekland-Olson, Sheldon
Dewey number
179.7
Index
index present
LC call number
BD431
LC item number
.E427 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Contemporary sociological perspectives
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  • Life
  • Capital punishment
  • Social justice
  • Human rights
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Capital punishment
  • Human rights
  • Life
  • Social justice
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Life and death decisions : the quest for morality and justice in human societies, Sheldon Ekland-Olson
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
ch.1 A moral system evolves -- A single question -- An exclusionary movement is born -- A base of operation -- Framing the agenda -- Branching out -- The criteria for exclusion -- A moral entrepreneur -- The legal framework clarifies -- A landmark case is contrived -- The floodgates open -- Public health measures go terribly wrong -- An awakening -- Crystallizing events and cultural lag -- Social worth and rationed health care -- Stories told, doctrines explored, conferences held -- Deference to doctors -- Four crystallizing events -- The search for common principles -- The Belmont Report and the Georgetown Principles -- ch. 2. The early moments and months of life : should the baby live? -- From comstockery to the right to privacy -- Potential for life, potential for suffering -- Interest groups compete -- A bolt from the blue -- Landmark cases take shape -- A clash of absolutes? -- The power of empathy -- Protests and rescue missions -- Violence increases -- Taking lives to save lives -- The army of God -- Partial-birth abortion -- Protecting health as well as life -- A strange and strained argument -- The political landscape shifts -- Legal details -- Adapting to a strange and strained decision -- Lives worth living, protecting, and supporting -- Regulations emerge -- Nagging uncertainties - who should decide? -- When doctors say no -- Dealing with futility and uncertainty -- ch. 3. The boundaries of tolerable suffering -- Troubling cases in troubled times -- The stages of suffering -- Please let me die -- When life becomes vegetative -- Prolonged death and the public good -- The right-to-die movement gains momentum -- Public opinion and legislative action -- Alleviating suffering and protecting life: who decides? -- The Supreme Court weighs in -- The gift of death -- Uncertainty, a duty to die, and rationed health care -- Lives less worthy of living? -- Uncertainty -- A suicide machine and a cookbook of death -- A calmer voice -- A foothold is secured -- Unanimous ambivalence -- Voters decide (again) and are challenged (again) -- ch.4 Taking life : lynching and capital punishment -- Lynching and the margins of life -- Crystallizing events on the road to reform -- Evolving protections for those on the margins -- Another crystallizing event -- Stark inhumanity further energizes a movement -- A sense of injustice and questioned legitimacy -- A campaign is launched -- Efforts intensify -- The core question for a last-ditch effort -- Arbitrary and capricious procedures -- Procedures for taking life are clarified -- The pendulum swings -- Science, technology, and innocence -- A messy and meaningless system -- A watershed moratorium -- Mental retardation and age -- Uncertain boundaries, innocent lives, scarce drugs, and botched executions -- Epilogue: Six lessons learned -- Lesson one: The power of assessed social worth -- Lesson two: Change comes along a jagged and contentious path -- Lesson three: The importance of analogies, metaphors, images, and stories -- Lesson four: Who decides? -- Lesson five: Dilemmas lead to cyclical change -- Lesson six: Tension remains
Control code
ocn886381544
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Second edition.
Extent
xv, 163 pages
Isbn
9781138808874
Lccn
2014027669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781138808881
  • (OCoLC)886381544
Label
Life and death decisions : the quest for morality and justice in human societies, Sheldon Ekland-Olson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
ch.1 A moral system evolves -- A single question -- An exclusionary movement is born -- A base of operation -- Framing the agenda -- Branching out -- The criteria for exclusion -- A moral entrepreneur -- The legal framework clarifies -- A landmark case is contrived -- The floodgates open -- Public health measures go terribly wrong -- An awakening -- Crystallizing events and cultural lag -- Social worth and rationed health care -- Stories told, doctrines explored, conferences held -- Deference to doctors -- Four crystallizing events -- The search for common principles -- The Belmont Report and the Georgetown Principles -- ch. 2. The early moments and months of life : should the baby live? -- From comstockery to the right to privacy -- Potential for life, potential for suffering -- Interest groups compete -- A bolt from the blue -- Landmark cases take shape -- A clash of absolutes? -- The power of empathy -- Protests and rescue missions -- Violence increases -- Taking lives to save lives -- The army of God -- Partial-birth abortion -- Protecting health as well as life -- A strange and strained argument -- The political landscape shifts -- Legal details -- Adapting to a strange and strained decision -- Lives worth living, protecting, and supporting -- Regulations emerge -- Nagging uncertainties - who should decide? -- When doctors say no -- Dealing with futility and uncertainty -- ch. 3. The boundaries of tolerable suffering -- Troubling cases in troubled times -- The stages of suffering -- Please let me die -- When life becomes vegetative -- Prolonged death and the public good -- The right-to-die movement gains momentum -- Public opinion and legislative action -- Alleviating suffering and protecting life: who decides? -- The Supreme Court weighs in -- The gift of death -- Uncertainty, a duty to die, and rationed health care -- Lives less worthy of living? -- Uncertainty -- A suicide machine and a cookbook of death -- A calmer voice -- A foothold is secured -- Unanimous ambivalence -- Voters decide (again) and are challenged (again) -- ch.4 Taking life : lynching and capital punishment -- Lynching and the margins of life -- Crystallizing events on the road to reform -- Evolving protections for those on the margins -- Another crystallizing event -- Stark inhumanity further energizes a movement -- A sense of injustice and questioned legitimacy -- A campaign is launched -- Efforts intensify -- The core question for a last-ditch effort -- Arbitrary and capricious procedures -- Procedures for taking life are clarified -- The pendulum swings -- Science, technology, and innocence -- A messy and meaningless system -- A watershed moratorium -- Mental retardation and age -- Uncertain boundaries, innocent lives, scarce drugs, and botched executions -- Epilogue: Six lessons learned -- Lesson one: The power of assessed social worth -- Lesson two: Change comes along a jagged and contentious path -- Lesson three: The importance of analogies, metaphors, images, and stories -- Lesson four: Who decides? -- Lesson five: Dilemmas lead to cyclical change -- Lesson six: Tension remains
Control code
ocn886381544
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
Second edition.
Extent
xv, 163 pages
Isbn
9781138808874
Lccn
2014027669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781138808881
  • (OCoLC)886381544

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