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Dying at the MarginsReflections on Justice and Healing for Inner-City Poor$
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David Wendell Moller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199760145.001.0001

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Notes from the Trenches

Notes from the Trenches

A Conversation with Cowboy and His Team

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3 Notes from the Trenches
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Dying at the Margins
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David Wendell Moller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199760145.003.0003

This chapter details the vicissitudes of race and poverty shaped J. W. Green’s upbringing in the Deep South as well as his adjustment to urban living as an adult. His lack of education, employment opportunity, and personal empowerment led to a “life on the streets.” Stoic faith saw him through a life and death in poverty. Mr. Green teaches us that everyone comes to this phase of life with strengths to cull from their cultural and spiritual beliefs. Mr. Green also teaches us that dignified dying does not require the unfettered exercise of personal autonomy, although a deep and abiding respect for the self-worth of the individual is necessary.

Keywords:   personal autonomy, social injustice, poverty, stigmatized treatment, socioeconomic/education status (SEES), poor healthcare, medical neglect syndrome

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