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By Ernest Drucker

While Dr. John Snow first traced a pandemic of cholera to a water pump within the Soho district of London in 1854, the sector of epidemiology used to be born. Taking a similar public healthiness methods and instruments that experience effectively tracked epidemics of flu, tuberculosis, and AIDS over the intervening 100 and fifty years, Ernest Drucker makes the case that our present extraordinary point of imprisonment has turn into an epidemic—a plague upon our physique politic.

Drucker, an across the world well-known public well-being pupil and Soros Justice Fellow, spent 20 years treating drug habit and one other twenty learning AIDS in many of the poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and all over the world. He
compares mass incarceration to different, well-recognized epidemics utilizing easy public wellbeing and fitness thoughts: “prevalence and incidence,” “outbreaks,” “contagion,” “transmission,” and “potential years of lifestyles lost.”

He argues that imprisonment—originally conceived as a reaction to individuals’ crimes—has develop into mass incarceration: a destabilizing strength that undermines the households and groups it objectives, destructive the very social constructions that hinder crime.

Sure to impress debate, this booklet shifts the paradigm of ways we predict approximately punishment by way of demonstrating that our unheard of premiums of incarceration have the contagious and self-perpetuating positive factors of the plagues of past centuries.

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Hardey (1999) argues that health expertise is now defined holistically to encompass lay knowledge from a range of sources including patients, carers and family members. This shift, combined with increased scrutiny of health professionals’ knowledge bases and claims to self-regulation, represents a challenge to the accepted wisdom of medical expertise and seeks to deprofessionalise by blurring the boundaries between consumer and expert. Part of the demystification of health professionals’ knowledge bases has involved the development of a raft of policies and protocols that aim to explicate contractual obligations between public service providers and the populations they serve.

What type of learning predominates in your workplace? How do you ‘know’ what you know? Paul (2004) suggests that critical thinking skills could be revolutionised in higher education if institutions started to teach content through thinking rather than content and then thinking. Exemplars include: history being taught as historical thinking, sociology as sociological thinking. He argues that with such an approach, the critical thinking curriculum is then used to: foster the intellectual traits essential to critical thinking .

127). 18 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... qxd 15/6/07 4:27 PM Page 19 THE AUTHENTICITY OF KNOWLEDGE Both Curry (1997) and Blackler (1995) suggest that there is a tendency to view knowledge in production as a concrete and somewhat reified entity, whereas it is more useful to analyse knowledge industry claims in terms of knowledge as a social ‘process’ running alongside more one-dimensional views of knowledge as a commodity.

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