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For the Sake of Children : The Social Organization of Responsibility in the Hospital and the Home - Carol Heimer

For the Sake of Children

The Social Organization of Responsibility in the Hospital and the Home

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9780226325057
Number Of Pages: 432

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"For the Sake of the Children" examines the social organization of responsibility by asking who takes responsibility for critically ill newborns. Drawing on medical records and interviews with parents and medical staff, the authors take us into two neonatal intensive care units, showing us the traumas of extreme medical measures and the sufferings of infants. The accounts are by turns heroic and disturbing as we see people trying to take charge of these infants' care, thinking about long-term plans, redefining their roles as adults and parents, and coping with sometimes awful contingencies.
Rather than treating responsibility as an ethical issue, the authors focus on how responsibility is socially produced and sustained. The authors ask: How do staff members encourage parents to take responsibility, but keep them from interfering in medical matters, and how do parents encourage staff vigilance when they are novices attempting to supervise the experts?
The authors conclude that it is not sufficient simply to be responsible individuals. Instead, we must learn how to be responsible in an organizational world, and organizations must learn how to support responsible individuals.

List of Illustrations
Why We Need a Sociology of Responsibility
Life in Two Neonatal Intensive Care Units
What Do We Mean by Responsibility?
Responsibility as a Joint Enterprise: The Role of the State in the NICU and the Home
The Social Control of Parenting in the NICU
Novice Managers of Expert Labor: Parents as Agents of Social Control in the NICU
Beyond the NICU: Variations in the Acceptance of Long-Term Responsibility
Responsible Individuals in an Organizational World Appendix on Methods
Index of Interviews
General Index
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ISBN: 9780226325057
ISBN-10: 0226325059
Series: Morality and Society Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.6