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Health and the Good SocietySetting Healthcare Ethics in Social Context$
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Alan Cribb

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242733

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199242739.001.0001

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Towards a Socially Reflexive Healthcare Ethics

Towards a Socially Reflexive Healthcare Ethics

(p.192) 11 Towards a Socially Reflexive Healthcare Ethics
Health and the Good Society

Alan Cribb (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter seeks to pull together the arguments and implications of the book. In particular, it wants to ask how we — individually and collectively — ought to understand and debate the major questions of public-health policy. It focuses on the methodological implications of the arguments, i.e., their implications for the direction of healthcare ethics. It is argued that we each have some responsibility to divide our attention between our immediate ‘role-related’ obligations and the wider evaluation and construction of the social frameworks that define these roles and associated ‘ethical positions’. One aspect of this broader responsibility is seeking to understand the value field of health-related action: of the ways in which health-related goods are socially constructed and produced, and of the scope for changing these things.

Keywords:   healthcare, health policy, healthcare ethics, public health, methodological implications

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