1st Edition

Morality and Health





ISBN 9780415915823
Published June 23, 1997 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

From the castigation and stigmatization of victims of AIDS to our celebration of diet, exercise and fitness, the moral categorization of health and disease reflects contemporary notions that disease results from moral failure and that health is the representation of moral triumph. Ranging across academic disciplines and historical time periods, the essays in Morality and Health offer a compelling assessment of the powerful role of moral systems for judging the complex questions of risk and responsibility for disease, the experience of illness, and social and cultural responses to those who are sick. Contributors include Keith Thomas, Charles Rosenberg, Richard Shweder, Arthur Kleinman, David Mechanic, Nancy Tomes and Linda Gordon.

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Biography

Paul Rozin is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Allan Brandt is Kass Professor of the History of Medicine at Harvard University Medical School and the author of No Magic Bullet.

Reviews

"This collection is as timely as it is astute and penetrating. Crossing disciplinary boundaries with depth and grace, the authors chronicle the pervasive moralizing of illness and dysfunction in our times." -- Sues E. Estroff, Professor of Social Medicine, Anthropology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"This collection is as timely as it is astute and penetrating. Crossing disciplinary boundaries with depth and grace, the authors chronicle the pervasive moralizing of illness and dysfunction in our times." -- Sue E. Estroff, Professor of Social Medicine, Anthropology and Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill