Vulnerability: too vague and too broad?
AuthorSCHROEDER, DORIS; Gefenas, Eugenijus
Source TitleCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
PublisherCambridge University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sSchroeder, Doris
AffiliationSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSchroeder, D., & Gefenas, E. (2009). Vulnerability: too vague and too broad? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 18(2), 113-121.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2009 Cambridge University Press. Online edition of the journal is available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQH
Imagine you are walking down a city street. It is windy and raining. Amidst the bustle you see a young woman. She sits under a railway bridge, hardly protected from the rain and holds a woolen hat containing a small number of coins. You can see that she trembles from the cold. Or imagine seeing an old woman walking in the street at dusk, clutching her bag with one hand and a walking stick with the other. A group of male youths walk behind her without overtaking, drunk and in the mood for mischief. It doesn't need an academic to say what vulnerability is. We can all see it, much more often than we care to.
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