468 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? looks at several of the most contentious issues in many societies. The book asks, whose rights are protected? How do these rights and protections change over time, and who makes those decisions? This book explores the fundamentally sociological processes which underlie the quest for morality and justice in human societies. The author sheds light on the social movements and social processes at the root of these seemingly personal moral questions. The third edition contains a new chapter on torture entitled, "Taking Life and Inflicting Suffering."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Chapter 1 A Single Question
PART I: A Moral System Evolves
Chapter 2 An Exclusionary Movement is Born
Chapter 3 Legal Reform to Eliminate Defectives
Chapter 4 Redrawing the Boundaries of Protected Life
Chapter 5 Crystallizing Events and Ethical Principles
PART II: The Early Moments and Months of Life
Chapter 6 A Bolt from the Blue: Abortion is Legalized
Chapter 7 Man’s Law or God’s Will
Chapter 8 Inches from Life
Chapter 9 Should the Baby Live?
PART III: The Boundaries of Tolerable Suffering
Chapter 10 Limits to Tolerable Suffering
Chapter 11 Alleviating Suffering and Protecting Life
Chapter 12 God, Duty, and Life Worth Living
Chapter 13 Assisted Dying
PART IV: Taking Life and Inflicting Suffering
Chapter 14 Removing the Protective Boundaries of Life
Chapter 15 A Campaign to Stop the Executions
Chapter 16 The Pendulum Swings, the Debate Continues
Chapter 17 Justifying Torture
Chapter 18 Lessons Learned
This innovative series is for all readers interested in books that provide frameworks for making sense of the complexities of contemporary social life. Each of the books in this series uses a sociological lens to provide current critical and analytical perspectives on significant social issues, patterns and trends. The series consists of books that integrate the best ideas in sociological thought with an aim toward public education and engagement. These books are designed for use in the classroom as well as for scholars and socially curious general readers.