Department of Sociology

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? Wins Hamilton Book Award

Wed, October 17, 2012

Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson's book Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides? won the runner-up prize prize of the 2012 Robert W. Hamilton Book Award. Issues of life and death such as abortion, assisted suicide, capital punishment, and others are among the most contentious in many societies. Whose rights are protected? How do these rights and protections change over time, and who makes those decisions? Based on Professor Ekland-Olson’s award-winning and hugely popular undergraduate course at The University of Texas, Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?: Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment (Routledge, 2011) explores these questions and the fundamentally sociological processes that underlie the quest for morality and justice in human societies.

Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards are made to faculty or staff members who, in the preceding calendar year, have published the best book-length publications as determined by a multi-disciplinary committee of scholars appointed by the Vice President for Research of The University of Texas at Austin. These awards are named in honor of Professor Robert W. Hamilton, the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law at The University of Texas School of Law. Professor Hamilton is the former chairperson of the University Co-op’s board of directors. The Hamilton Book Author Awards program is underwritten by The University Co-operative Society.

Congratulations, Sheldon!


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