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Faculty Book: Barbara Katz Rothman, ed.

Barbara Katz Rothman, Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, and Rebecca Tiger, eds.

Bioethical Issues, Sociological Perspectives
(Elsevier Press, Advances in Medical Sociology series, 2007)

The sociology of medicine has long engaged in the analysis of matters such as the doctor-patient relationship, the concept of the self in illness, and institutional constraints on clinical practice that have more recently been constructed as "bioethics." Recent sociological work on bioethics has focused on understanding the enterprise of bioethics. This volume goes beyond the “sociology of bioethics” to re-focus the sociological lens on the framing and management of conception-to-death bioethical issues at the micro (hospital ethics committees, encounters between patients and healthcare professionals) and macro levels (public discourses), and studies what gets counted as “bioethics” and—equally important—what gets left out of traditional bioethical analysis. Contributors come from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and research settings that span under-resourced countries and wealthy nations. Barbara Katz Rothman is a professor of sociology at Baruch College and the Graduate Center. Rebecca Tiger is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: DEC 11, 2007

Category: Sociology, Faculty Books