Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care

Values at the End of Life: The Logic of Palliative Care

Review “Most of us think that money and death belong to opposite moral terrains. Roi Livne demolishes that boundary as he traces the deeply moral roots of a new economy of dying. Drawing from vivid interviews and observations of physicians, patients, and family, Values at the End of Life will not only shape scholarly debates but also fascinate a broad audience eager to understand twenty-first-century death practices.”Viviana Zelizer, author of Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy“Roi Livne’s eye-opening investigation reveals a pervasive regime of valuation embedded in medical treatment today. By scrutinizing the history and practice of palliative care, Livne artfully outlines the battle of economization over whether to do less or more when life is at stake.”Sharon Kaufman, author of Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line“Livne addresses the personal, intimate concerns of every reader in this uncommonly deep sociological study. Combining ethnographic ‘thick description’ with precise, accessible argument, this book explores the interconnection between the morally-oriented project of palliative care and its seemingly inescapable economic imperatives. Values at the End of Life sheds light on that interconnection, rendering explicit an awareness that is implicit in the interactions among clinicians, patients, and families.”Steven Lukes, author of Moral Relativism Read more About the Author Roi Livne is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. He has been awarded fellowships from the Center for Research on Social Change and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation. His work has won awards from the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, the Israeli Sociological Association, and the University of California, Berkeley. Read more

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