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Author Swift, Christopher, 1965-

Title Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-first Century : the Crisis of Spiritual Care on the NHS / Christopher Swift
Edition Second edition
Published Farnham : Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (222 pages)
Series Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology
Explorations in practical, pastoral, and empirical theology.
Contents Cover; Contents; Illustrations; Foreword to the 1st Edition; Foreword to the 2nd Edition; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; A Moment of Crisis; The Wider Relevance of the Chaplain; The Structure of the Book; Outcomes; 1 A History of the Chaplain; Introduction; Foundation; Reformation; The Reformation of the Chaplain; Conclusion; 2 The Chaplains' Professionalization; Introduction; Voluntary Hospitals; Workhouses; The Founding of the NHS; 'The Hospital -- A Place of Truth'; Conclusion; 3 The Political Context; Introduction; Impact on Chaplaincy; Increasing Debate
6 Religion, Secularization and SpiritualityIntroduction; Decline in Religious Observance; A Secular Age; Religious Care; Spiritual Care; Conclusion; 7 Theological Voices and Ventures; Introduction; Practical Theology; Who are Health Care Chaplains?; What the Chaplain Comes For: Licensing Sermon 1997; Theological Engagement; Heterotopias as a Conceptualization for the Chaplain's Space; Conclusion; 8 Conclusion; Introduction; Chaplaincy in a Time of Change; Critical Choices; The Hidden Dynamics of Health Care Chaplaincy; Occupying Multiple Marginalities; Spiritual Care in a Material World
Professional AssociationsMulti-Faith Development; Conclusions; 4 The Battle of Worcester; Introduction; Setting the Scene; Analysis; The Theos Survey; Conclusion; 5 The Chaplain Today: An Auto-Ethnography; Introduction; Ethnography; Ethnography and the Observation of Faith Communities; Silent Tremors: Exploring the Role of the Chaplain through Auto-Ethnography; Methodology; Construction of the Field; Ethnographic Text 1; Ethnographic Text 2; Ethnographic Text 3; Discourses, the Archive and Genealogy; Power and Contested Boundaries; Concluding Analysis
Summary This book charts the changing role of hospital chaplains and examines through detailed case studies the realities of practice and the political debates which either threaten or sustain the service. This second edition includes a new introduction and updated material throughout to present fresh insights and research about chaplaincy, including in relation to New Atheism and the developing debate about secularism and religion in public life
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Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Great Britain. National Health Service -- Chaplains.
Chaplains, Hospital -- Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1306470978 (ebk)
1472430239 (electronic bk.)
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9781306470971 (ebk)
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