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Overcrowded emergency rooms

Steve Tiffany sent me links to two articles (here and here) in The Gazette which describe recent deaths of patients in Quebec (Canada) emergency rooms, largely due to lack of care related to overcrowding. Most of the patients mentioned in the articles who died were over 65 years old. Steve pointed out that this speaks […]

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Social devaluation spanning the centuries

We know that societal devaluation of a particular group of people can span the centuries. A recent book review in the NY Times Book Review (14 Feb 2010) looked at a book entitled The Devil and Mr. Casement by Jordan Goodman. The book describes the rubber trade and the native peoples in the Congo in […]

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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“The neediest cases”

A recent article in the NY Times (21 February 2010) could be the good basis for many SRV-related exercises, such as examining the images and messages in the article communicated by language and pictures. These images refer to activities, social roles, funding, personal appearance, etc. A professor might do this exercise with a class or […]

Elders die in recent heat wave: Example of heightened vulnerability

The Washington Post reported that 32 people between the ages of 60 and 90 died in a recent heat wave in Brazil. One of the concepts of Social Role Valorization theory is called ‘heightened vulnerability.’ What does that mean? Some groups of socially devalued people are at greater risk of bad things happening to them, […]

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 9:21 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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