Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring, and Ethics in Health and Illness

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Patricia Benner's introduction to phenomenology develops the reader's understanding of the strategies and processes involved in this innovative approach to nursing.

The author discusses the relationship between theory and practice, considers the possibility of a science of caring from a feminist perspective, introduces interpretive phenomenology to the study of natural groups such as families, and suggests a basis for developing nursing ethics that is true to the caring and healing practices of the nursing profession.

A Heideggerian phenomenological perspective on the concept of person/toward a new medical ethics/parenting in public.

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Reflecting the work of a scholarly community that has worked out what interpretive phenomenology has to offer nursing science, nursing practice, the lived experience of health and illness, and health care ethics and policy, this volume offers a philosophical introduction to interpretive phenomenology; guides readers in understanding the strategies and processes of this approach to human science; and provides a wide range of high-quality interpretive studies so that readers can see the family resemblance in the method while examining the variance created by the phenomena being studied. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803957220
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/17/1994
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

A Theoretical Foundation for Nursing as a Science - Ragnar Fjellan and Eva Gjengedal
Is a Science of Caring Possible? - Margaret J Dunlop
A Heideggerian Phenomenological Perspective on the Concept of Person - Victoria Leonard
Hermeneutic Phenomenology - Karen A Plager
A Methodology for Family Health and Health Promotion Study in Nursing
Toward a New Medical Ethics - David C Thomasma
Implications for Ethics in Nursing
The Tradition and Skill of Interpretive Phenomenology in Studying Health, Illness, and Caring Practices - Patricia Benner
Martin, A Computer Software Program - Nancy Diekelmann, Robert Schuster, and Suilum Lam
On Being Able to Hear What the Text Did Not Say
Beyond Normalizing - Lee Smith Battle
The Role of Narrative in Understanding Teenage Mothers' Transition to Mothering
Parent's Caring Practices with Schizophrenic Offspring - Catherine A Chesla
Parenting in Public - Philip Darbyshire
Parental Participation and Involvement in the Care of their Hospitalized Child
A Clinical Ethnography of Stroke Recovery - Nancy D Doolittle
Moral Dimensions of Living with a Chronic Illness, Autonomy, Responsibility and the Limits of Control - Patricia Benner et al
The Ethical Context of Nursing Care of Dying Patients in Critical Care - Peggy L Wros
A Cross Cultural Comparison with Telling and not Telling the Cancer Diagnosis - Deborah Gordon
Narrative Methodology in Disaster Studies - Cynthia M Stuhlmiller
Rescuers of Cypress

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