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Fragile lives: death, dying and care

Опубликовано на портале: 28-11-2006
Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2001
Beverley McNamara looks at death from a sociological perspective. Arguing that despite popular belief death does not make us equal, she shows that dying is a chaotic and uncertain process. Yet despite the disorderly manner in which people die, McNamara demonstrates that social and cultural patterns can be found in the way we approach dying and the care of terminally ill people. She examines the medicalisation of care for the dying, attitudes of carers and the notion of the 'good death'. She also explores the euthanasia debate and our fear of cancer. Drawing on wide-ranging qualitative research, Fragile Lives is a sensitive analysis of the social issues surrounding death.

Preface

vii

1. Life in the face of death

1.

2. Thoughts about facing death

14.

3. The cancer story

28.

4. Constructions of a good death

41.

5. How we die: The uncertain worlds of terminally ill people

54.

6. Medicine's affair with death

68.

7. Speaking the ‘truth’ about dying

80.

8. Patient autonomy and professional control

92.

9 The rewards and costs of caring

107.

10 Palliation: Masking pain or masking death?

120.

Methodological Appendix

136.

References

144.

Index

159.

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