Gift Relationship

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Richard M. Titmuss’s The Gift Relationship has long been acknowledged as one of the classic texts on social policy. Honored by the New York Times as one of the ten most important books of the year when it first appeared in 1970, Titmuss’s The Gift Relationship is even more topical now in an age of AIDS and changing health care policy. A seemingly straightforward comparative study of blood donating in the United States and Britain, the book elegantly raises profound economic, political, and philosophical ...

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Overview

Richard M. Titmuss’s The Gift Relationship has long been acknowledged as one of the classic texts on social policy. Honored by the New York Times as one of the ten most important books of the year when it first appeared in 1970, Titmuss’s The Gift Relationship is even more topical now in an age of AIDS and changing health care policy. A seemingly straightforward comparative study of blood donating in the United States and Britain, the book elegantly raises profound economic, political, and philosophical questions. Titmuss contrasts the British system of reliance on voluntary donors to the American one in which the blood supply is largely in the hands of for-profit enterprises and shows how a nonmarket system based on altruism is more effective than one that treats human blood as another commodity.

This updated edition contains the original text along with new chapters that:

  • consider the relevance of Titmuss’s arguments to the AIDS and current health care crises;
  • outline recent developments in blood donation and transfusion systems;
  • examine the systems for human milk donation; and
  • assess the response to the original edition and make the case for its continuing relevance today.
At a time when health and welfare systems are under sustained attack from many quarters, this new edition of The Gift Relationship is essential reading for everyone interested in social policy and the future of our society.
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"A first-class study . . . moving from the relationship between blood donor and blood recipient to that between patient and physician, and thence to the very foundation of human societies." —The Washington Post
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Studies blood donating in England and the US, raising profound economic, social, political, and philosophical questions. Contrasts the British systems of reliance on voluntary donors to the American one in which the blood supply is largely in the hands of for-profit enterprises, and shows how a nonmarket system based on altruism is more effective. First published in 1970, this new edition retains the original text and adds new chapters on the impact of AIDS, recent developments in blood donation, and systems for human milk donation. For general readers interested in social policy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565844032
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: Expanded
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard M. Titmuss was a professor of social administration at the London School of Economics form 1950 until his death in 1973. He had an international reputation as an uncompromising analyst of contemporary social policy and as an expert on the welfare state. His previous books include Commitment to Welfare. The Gift Relationship was his last book.

John Ashton is a public health specialist and regional medical officer for the Northwest of England.

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Table of Contents

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Pt. I The gift relationship revisited
Ch. 1 Introduction to the new edition 3
Ch. 2 AIDS and the gift relationship in the UK 15
Ch. 3 Transfusion medicine towards the millennium 41
Pt. II The gift relationship: from human blood to social policy - Original edition
Ch. 4 Introduction: human blood and social policy 57
Ch. 5 The transfusion of blood 61
Ch. 6 The demand for blood in England and Wales and the United States 79
Ch. 7 The supply of blood in England and Wales and the United States 90
Ch. 8 The gift 123
Ch. 9 The characteristics of blood donors and the United States 146
Ch. 10 The characteristics of blood donors in England and Wales 178
Ch. 11 Is the gift a good one? 200
Ch. 12 Blood and the law of the marketplace 219
Ch. 13 Blood donors in the former Soviet Union and other countries 236
Ch. 14 A study of blood donor motivation in South Africa 252
Ch. 15 Economic man: social man 260
Ch. 16 Who is my stranger? 276
Ch. 17 The right to give 305
Pt. III The gift relationship: a new beginning
Ch. 18 A mother's gift: the milk of human kindness 319
Ch. 19 Afterword 333
Bibliography 340
Index 346
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