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The Search For Certainty: A Pragmatist Critique Of Society’S Focus On Biological Childbearing, Jamie P. Ross Jan 2017

The Search For Certainty: A Pragmatist Critique Of Society’S Focus On Biological Childbearing, Jamie P. Ross

Jamie P Ross

The Search for Certainty: A Pragmatist Critique of Society’s Focus on Biological Childbearing Abstract I suggest that a form of biological determinism rests on what philosopher John Dewey calls a misplaced “search for certainty.” This search is a process whereby a constructed desire is normalized within a cultural context and naturalized in the body in a manner that substantiates the desire as predictable. Predictability, therefore, justifies a biological basis of desire. In this paper I focus specifically on a desire to bear or produce a biological child: a desire that becomes predictable within a medical model of emotion based ...


"The Indeterminacy Of Race: The Dilemma Of Difference In Medicine And Health Care", Jamie P. Ross Jan 2016

"The Indeterminacy Of Race: The Dilemma Of Difference In Medicine And Health Care", Jamie P. Ross

Jamie P Ross

The indeterminacy of race:The dilemma of difference in medicine and health careHow can researchers use race, as they do now, to conduct health-care studies when its very definition is in question? The belief that race is a social construct without “biological authenticity” though widely shared across disciplines in social science is not subscribed to by traditional science. Yet with an interdisciplinary approach, the two horns of the social construct/genetics dilemma of race are not mutually exclusive. We can use traditional science to provide a rigorous framework and use a social-science approach so that “invisible” factors are used to ...


“Multicultural Adult Foster Care: An Oregon Case Study”, Jamie P. Ross Jan 2000

“Multicultural Adult Foster Care: An Oregon Case Study”, Jamie P. Ross

Jamie P Ross

Abstract This study is an analysis of an immigrant Romanian family that operates an adult foster care home in a well-established community based health system in Portland, Oregon. The study utilizes categories of elder health and satisfaction identified by elders’ themselves, and include: a. engaged interaction, b. mutual satisfaction in relationships, c. ritual and, d. the reduction of social distance. Little research has been done from the caregivers' standpoints. In addition to the opportunity to reveal the construction of a particular form of immigrant assimilated knowledge, this study also has the potential to contribute to sociological and public philosophy and ...


Medicine Through A Feminist Lens, Jamie P. Ross Jan 2000

Medicine Through A Feminist Lens, Jamie P. Ross

Jamie P Ross

Evidence-based research that is planned, performed and distributed with feminist perspectives, premises, and methodologies provides support for the policy efforts and legislative decision-making of service community organizations. Linking this type of medical research to policy facilitates and sustains positive health outcomes in women’s lives. The effectiveness of the legislation can be monitored. Instead of showing that the lack of policy disadvantages women, we can show how policy can reduce disparities. Coordinating policy indicator variables with health indicator variables produces a powerful means for understanding which health indicators need further policy support. I look at the kind of feminist evidenced-based ...