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From the Publisher"Dartington, a consultant and social science researcher in health and social care who is an associate at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in Britain, describes how the systems of care can encourage or inhibit the natural processes of compassion and care that affect people's everyday experiences of vulnerability at different stages of life, such as older people, people with learning and physical disabilities, and children. He discusses the changes in institutional and community care over the past 40 years; a systems psychodynamics approach to understanding the management of care; the characteristics of care systems, such as management, the isolation of services, human nature and organizational change, and costs, and the need for integration of systems; and a case study of what happened when his wife developed dementia."
"A unique, intelligent and passionate text about the many ways we - as individuals and as society – try to evade, actually hate, facing the facts of helplessness. Public services designed to provide rapid positive outcomes become clumsy when dealing with deterioration, yet that is where our humanity is tested. And we will be there ourselves, one day. Tim Dartington reveals the wisdom of decades of experience as a Tavistock social scientist, with painful examples from his consultancy practice of life at the front line, then gives a brilliant account of his attempts to get coherent help for his wife, Anna, as she became demented in middle age. With comments from Anna herself, this is very moving. A learned account of defences against vulnerability laced with deadpan irony creates irresistible and instructive reading for all who use or provide public services."
"Original, absorbing, unsettling and beautifully written, Managing Vulnerability is an important book for anyone dealing seriously with the predicaments of caring institutions or who is concerned with renewing the capacity of society to address profound human need. Tim Dartington brings to light the social and psychological matrix that shapes our systems of care and how today's cultural context, which so often de-values dependence, creates debilitating cross currents for leaders and managers of organizations providing care. This book provides a penetrating account of how emotions associated with the work of caring find their way into the structure, informal processes, and functioning of modern caring institutions."