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New Horizons in Philosophy and Sociology

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What is our responsibility as scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the face of global issues threatening humanity today? This book provides a platform for an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural dialogue among philosophers and sociologists on the most pressing global issues facing humanity today. Combining the critical thinking of philosophy with sociological methods and researches, this volume offers fresh and stimulating perspectives with regard to various issues including environmental degradation, democracy, gender and economic inequalities, religion, war and peace.

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A Qualitative Research with Healthcare Employees regarding Violence against Healthcare Workers

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1 Introduction

Violence emerges as one of the major obstacles against both healthy development of individuals and healthy formation/operation of societies. The presence of violence, in general, is basic signal of being “unhealthy”. Violence in health institutions includes all kinds of verbal-actual threat, physical or actual sexual assault that pose a risk to healthcare workers by patient relatives or any other individuals.

Violence against healthcare workers also emerges as workplace violence. Increase in visibility of workplace violence or pathological status can be considered as a sign of impaired functioning of the system of division of social labour in the said profession and social blockages. With reference to sociologist E. Durkheim’s detection, we can consider professions as functional units providing social division of labour. Healthy functioning of society, considered as a social system, can be possible by ensuring usual-normal flow of professions in daily life that form basic framework of this system. This operation can be possible not only through norms and values of society that are fit for their purposes, but also legal regulations such as policies and regulations etc. that allow for progress of professions in their ordinary flows.

In Turkey, both frequency and visibility of violence in the field of health have reached a noticeable level. Simultaneity of the implementation process of health reform policies and transformation of violence into a structural character has resulted in a leap of violence also into the field of health. There are many “negative...

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