Health and the Good Society
Setting Healthcare Ethics in Social Context
By (author) Alan Cribb
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Health and the Good Society by Alan Cribb
Book DescriptionThe goals of healthcare and health policy, and the health-related dilemmas facing policy makers, professionals, and citizens are extensively analysed and debated in a range of disciplines including public health, sociology, and applied philosophy. Health and the Good Society is the first full-length work that addresses these debates in a way that cuts across these disciplinary boundaries. Alan Cribb's core argument is that clinical ethics needs to be understood in the context of public health ethics. This entails healthcare ethics embracing 'the social dimension' of health in two overlapping senses: first, the various respects in which health experiences and outcomes are socially determined; and second, the ways in which health-related goods are better understood as social rather then purely individual goods. This broader approach to the ethics of healthcare includes a concern with the social construction of both healthcare goods and the roles, ideals, and obligations of agents; that is to say it focuses upon the 'value field' of health-related action and not only upon the ethics of action within this value field. This groundbreaking book thus seeks to 'open up' the agenda of healthcare ethics both methodologically and substantively: it argues that population-oriented perspectives are central to all healthcare ethics, and that everybody has some share of responsibility for securing health-related goods including the good of greater health equality. One of its major conclusions is that the rather limited tradition of health education policy and practice needs a complete re-think.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199232949
(233mm x 157mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alan Cribb
Professionalism, Paperback (May 2015)
Professionalism is a complex and highly disputed idea of crucial importance in a range of fields, not least health and social care. It can inspire people by reminding them of workplace ideals and the value of occupational expertise.
Nursing Law and Ethics, Paperback (November 2013)
Nursing Law and Ethics explores a variety of key legal and ethical issues in nursing practice using a thought-provoking and holistic approach. It addresses both what the law requires and what is right, and explores whether these two are always the same.
What Makes a Good Nurse, Paperback (April 2011)
Derek Sellman sets the case for re-establishing the primacy of the virtues that underpin the practice of nursing in order to address the question: what makes a good nurse? He provides those in the caring professions with an explanation of why and how nurses should strive to cultivate these virtues, as well as the implications of this for practice.
Understanding Education, Paperback (August 2009)» View all books by Alan Cribb
Who should be educated, when, by whom and how? What purposes should education serve? Why does education matter? These fundamental questions of value are not always seen as central to the sociology of education. This book argues that they are pivotal and provides an introduction to the field that is designed to open up these debates.
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Author Biography - Alan Cribb
ALan Cribb is Professor of bioethics and education at King's College London
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