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Rethinking palliative careA social role valorisation approach$
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Paul Sinclair

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349217

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349217.001.0001

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Social Role Valorisation

Social Role Valorisation

(p.81) four Social Role Valorisation
Rethinking palliative care

Paul Sinclair

Policy Press

Social Role Valorisation (SRV) theory – a high-order concept for addressing the plight of societally devalued people and for structuring human services – describes how social devaluation operates. It also identifies people who are dying or chronically ill as one of a number of classes at risk of social devaluation. SRV is, therefore, an appropriate theoretical framework to use to assess social devaluation in the palliative-care system. This chapter begins by examining, with respect to social devaluation, the key alternative frameworks to the conventional conceptualisation of palliative care. SRV is then defined, and the case is made for the suitability of SRV to analyse social devaluation in palliative care. The success of SRV and the key difference between the challenges in the disability sector and those in the palliative care sphere are examined. The chapter addresses the existing criticisms of SRV most relevant to palliative care. It summarizes the 10 core themes of SRV with some reference to the palliative-care context.

Keywords:   SRV theory, devalued people, human services, social devaluation, palliative care

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