Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment

by Sheldon Ekland-Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415892473

ISBN-13: 2900415892475

Pub. Date: 11/09/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This second edition of Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? 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

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This second edition of Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? 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 and highly recommended by Choice Magazine, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900415892475
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/09/2011
Series:
Contemporary Sociological Perspectives Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
448

Table of 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

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