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Introduction 

Introduction
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Introduction
Author(s):

Janice McLaughlin

, Hilde Lindemann

, and Marian A. Verkerk

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190624880.003.0001
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date: 26 May 2020

This collection examines the ethics of the intersection between families and social care as well as healthcare. The authors begin from the assumption that relationships of intimacy give rise to responsibilities and that these responsibilities can be tracked as family members assume them, deflect them, contest them, and so on. The collection gives a strong priority to engaging with the implications for policy and practice. Themes explored include, among others, how familial relationships inform people’s approach to living with illness or disability, the choices they make around treatment options, and the influence of broader social and cultural values on the responsibilities they enact with others and expect to have enacted for them. Two key themes unite the varied contributions of our chapter authors: (1) questions of responsibility and (2) understandings of narrative.

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