Dying Process, The

Dying Process, The

by Julia Lawton
     
 

Taking as its focus a highly emotive area of study, The Dying Process draws on the experiences of daycare and hospice patients to provide a forceful new analysis of the period of decline prior to death.

Placing the bodily realities of dying very firmly centre stage and questioning the ideology central to the modern hospice movement of enabling patients to

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Taking as its focus a highly emotive area of study, The Dying Process draws on the experiences of daycare and hospice patients to provide a forceful new analysis of the period of decline prior to death.

Placing the bodily realities of dying very firmly centre stage and questioning the ideology central to the modern hospice movement of enabling patients to 'live until they die', Julia Lawton shows how our concept of a 'good death' is open to interpretation. Her study examines the non-negotiable effects of a patient's bodily deterioration on their sense of self and, in so doing, offers a powerful new perspective in embodiment and emotion in death and dying.

A detailed and subtle ethnographic study, The Dying Process engages with a range of deeply complex and ethically contentious issues surrounding the care of dying patients in hospices and elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415226790
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/20/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2Day care: a safe retreat39
Preface to Chapters 3 and 4 - changing contexts: entering the hospice76
3'Body-subject' to 'body-object': hospice care and the dying patient81
4Inpatient hospice care: the sequestration of the unbounded body and 'dirty dying'122
5Invisible suffering: the social death148
6Final reflections171
App. A187
App. B189
Notes191
Bibliography205
Name index223
Subject index227

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