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Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life

Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life

By: Alex Broom (author)Hardback

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An inevitable and universal experience, dying is experienced by individuals in different ways, often related to the character of our relationships, family structures, gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and economic means. Drawing on extensive qualitative fieldwork with patients, carers and health professionals in Australia and the United Kingdom, Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life provides a critical examination of the different spheres of dying, in social and cultural context. Exploring complex issues such as the politics of assisted dying, negotiating medical futility, gender and dying, the desire for redemption, the moralities of 'the good fight' and the lived experience of bodily disintegration, this book links novel theoretical ideas within sociology to cutting-edge empirical data collected in palliative and end-of-life care contexts. A theoretically engaged understanding of the social mediation of the end of life, Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life also sheds light on the manner in which the end of life can be shaped by major economic, cultural and socio-cultural shifts including neo-liberalism, individualisation, medicalisation, professionalisation and detraditionalisation. As such, it will appeal to social science, health and medical researchers interested in the end of life, as well as those working in palliative and end-of-life care settings.

About Author

Alex Broom is Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He recently co-edited Evidence-Based Healthcare in Context; Health, Culture and Religion in South Asia; Men's Health: Body, Identity and Social Context; and Gender and Masculinities: Histories, Texts and Practices in India and Sri Lanka. He recently co-authored Therapeutic Pluralism: Exploring the Experiences of Cancer Patients and Professionals.


Contents: Introduction; Time to die? Breaking the news of futility and the end of life; A place for dying; The moralities and politics of dying in a hospice; Families and dying; Nursing the dying; Dying, healing and survivorship; Gender and the moralities of dying; The dying body; Conclusion; References; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781409453734
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9781409453734
  • weight: 514
  • ISBN10: 1409453731

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