John W. Traphagan

Jan 7, 2013

Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Anthropology
HDO Master’s Course: Qualitative Research in Organizations
HDO One-Day Professional Seminar: Ethics, Culture, and Leadership

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; M.A.R., Yale University; B.A., University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Research Interests: Dr. Traphagan’s research interests focus on healthcare systems and practices as they relate to older people and how ideas about health and illness intersect with religion. Much of this research has been conducted in Japan. He is the author of Taming Oblivion: Aging Bodies and the Fear of Senility in Japan and The Practice of Concern: Ritual, Well-Being, and Aging in Rural Japan. His next book, titled Rethinking Autonomy: A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics (State University of New York Press) was released in 2013.

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