The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions

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Susan S. Phillips, Patricia Benner
Georgetown University Press, 1994 M12 1 - 208 pages

By combining stories of care, the reflections of caregiving practitioners, and interpretations of caregiving within a larger social and theoretical framework, this collection identifies the values and skills involved in quality caregiving at the individual level and affirms their importance for reshaping our public caregiving institutions. Contributors from the fields of medicine, nursing, teaching, ministry, sociology, psychotherapy, theology, and philosophy articulate their values, hopes, commitments, and practices both in theoretical essays and in narratives of caregiving that reveal the complexities of skillful practice.

 

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Contents

Introduction
xi
When Life Threatens
12
Understanding Caring in Contemporary America
16
Listening to the Heart
31
Caring as a Way of Knowing and Not Knowing
37
Meeting at the Table
58
Teach Us to Care and Not to Care
61
No Safe Conduct
75
Photograph
100
The Corrosion of Care in the Context of School
104
Death by Choice
114
The Role of Compassion in Moral Responsibility
118
Beyond the Clinical Gaze
139
Biblical and Theological Reflections
144
Listening with Care
163
Philosophical Reflections on Caring Practices
169

Balancing the Three Es Effectiveness Efficiency and Empathy
78
To Care Is to Listen
90
Preparing Students for the World
92
Contributors
184
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Susan S. Phillips is executive director of New College Berkeley.

Patricia Benner is a professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.

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