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Author Ekland-Olson, Sheldon, 1944-

Title Who lives, who dies, who decides? : abortion, neonatal care, assisted dying, and capital punishment / Sheldon Ekland-Olson.

Publication Info. New York ; London : Routledge, 2012.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  179.7 E36W    Check Shelf
Description xxiv, 424 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Contemporary sociological perspectives
Contemporary sociological perspectives series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-414) and index.
Summary "Issues of life and death such as abortion, assisted suicide, capital punishment, and others are among the most contentious in many societies. 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 these questions and the fundamentally sociological processes that 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 that are at the root of these seemingly personal moral questions"--Provided by publisher.
Contents 1. A Single Question ---- Part I. A Moral System Evolves. 2. An Exclusionary Movement is Born --- 3. Legal Reform to Eliminate Defectives --- 4. Redrawing the Boundaries of Protected Life --- 5. Crystallizing Events and Ethical Principles ---- Part II. The Early Moments and Months of Life. 6. A Bolt from the Blue: Abortion is Legalized --- 7. Man's Law or God's Will --- 8. Inches from Life --- 9. Should the Baby Live? ---- Part III. The Boundaries of Tolerable Suffering. 10. Limits to Tolerable Suffering --- 11. Alleviating Suffering and Protecting Life --- 12. God, Duty, and Life Worth Living --- 13. Assisted Dying ---- Part IV. Taking Life and Inflicting Suffering. 14. Removing the Protective Boundaries of Life --- 15. A Campaign to Stop the Executions --- 16. The Pendulum Swings, the Debate Continues --- 17. Lessons Learned
Subject Life -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Death -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Suffering -- Moral and ethical aspects.
ISBN 9780415892469 (hardback : acid-free paper)
0415892465 (hardback : acid-free paper)
9780415892476 (pbk : acid-free paper)
0415892473 (pbk : acid-free paper)
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