Women, Ethics, and Inequality in U.S. Healthcare: To Count among the Living

Paperback | October 11, 2011

byAana Marie Vigen

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When seriously ill, what contributes to a sense of being truly cared for and respected? This compelling book explores healthcare inequalities by listening closely to Black and Latina women with breast cancer. It puts their stories into conversation with current healthcare statistics, sharp theological imagination, healthcare providers, and social ethics. The paperback edition’s Preface addresses U.S. healthcare realities post the 2010 Healthcare reform legislation.  In all, Vigen contends that ethicists, healthcare providers, and scholars arrive at an adequate understanding of human dignity and personhood only when they take seriously the experiences and needs of those most vulnerable due to systemic inequalities.

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When seriously ill, what contributes to a sense of being truly cared for and respected? This compelling book explores healthcare inequalities by listening closely to Black and Latina women with breast cancer. It puts their stories into conversation with current healthcare statistics, sharp theological imagination, healthcare providers,...

Aana Marie Vigen explores health and healthcare inequities in the U.S. and around the world, the ethics of genetic testing and artificial reproductive technologies, ethnographic methods in Christian ethics, and notions of  “a good death”  in her scholarship and teaching. Currently Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Loyola Univ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.74 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023011363X

ISBN - 13:9780230113633

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Table of Contents

Foreword--Dwight N. Hopkins and Linda E. Thomas * Acknowledgements * Preface: A White Woman's Attempt to Listen * Introduction * U.S. Healthcare 101: What Everyone Needs to Know about How U.S. Inhabitants Are Treated (or Not) * A Call to the Particular: Contributions from Theology and Qualitative Research * Listening * Resisting Death, Celebrating Life: Christian Social Ethics for Healthcare

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"With a profoundly ethical study of the subject matter, Vigen does a wonderful job of exploring gender/class/race injustices in U.S. healthcare. Her update on healthcare since 2006 is especially helpful, given Obama's 2010 plan for healthcare reform. Vigen's ethnographic approach also provides an important challenge to the field of theology and ethics."--Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Duke Divinity School"This exceptional work documents the endemic marginalization of people of color in the U.S. healthcare system at the same time that it shows the fatal flaws in the system as a whole.  Readers will see recent data and learn the sources with which to update it. Vigen shows how subtle or overt assumptions of white supremacy infect even the most well-intentioned care providers and bioethicists.  She issues a wake-up call, and a call to solidarity and action.  The book was enlightening to me as a scholar, and the new paperback edition will be assigned to my next bioethics class."--Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College“More than a study in medical ethics, this is a work of passionate concern that all of us count among the living.”--Emilie M. Townes, Yale University“What really matters to Vigen is to understand health disparities not only as statistical differences in health outcomes, but as moral issues in the actual lives of poor women, especially poor Black and Latina women . . . Vigen listens intensively to what her informants have to say about life, and through her we hear what poverty, illness, discrimination, and social injustice do to women, and how women respond through religious and moral practices. Vigen practices an ethics of engaged advocacy and practical solidarity that itself is arresting and powerful.”--Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University “ . . . This work not only has implications for healthcare policy, it offers physicians, healthcare providers and healthcare system professionals an opportunity to rethink the quality of healthcare from the bottom up.”--M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College“I am humbled by this book, humbled by the strength of these women in the face of physical adversity and social injustice, humbled by their theological wisdom and virtue, and humbled by the author who grew both wise and passionate by attentively listening to them… Anyone who is concerned about healthcare in this country should read this book, and anyone who is not concerned about healthcare in this country should have it assigned.”--Allen Verhey, Duke Divinity School“This book speaks to what we all know but seldom address: that healthcare in the United States is racially biased and that this bias works to our detriment both physically and spiritually. Vigen melds hard facts about racial inequalities in healthcare with easy to understand theological affirmations. She uses in-depth interviews to make the facts come alive . . . Best of all, she offers solutions . . . This is a book for anyone who cares about justice in healthcare, about why spirituality matters, and about the future of race relations in America.”--Karen Lebacqz, Professor Emerita, Graduate Theological Union