Sociology of the Better Dying

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)
RC11 Sociology of Aging

Language: English

The medicalization of death and dying in contemporary society has increased our anxieties around dying within institutional settings. Death and dying have become depersonalized, and appear to focus more on the convenience of the hospital or nursing home staff than on  the dying person or family.  As a society we have forgotten that dying is part of the human process and we find ourselves uncomfortable in the presence of those approaching life’s end.  Consequently, those who are dying find often find themselves alone, isolated and afraid.  This session will deal with the problems arising in the final stage of life. We will look for ways to utilize social relationships and structures which will allow us to ‘have a good death.” We invite both qualitative and quantitative research as well as case studies that provide fresh insight into death and dying. Regional and or community studies are welcome. Of particular interest is the use of volunteers in improving the experience of the dying both in medical or hospice settings.
Session Organizer:
Ken TAKENAKA, Kyushu University of Nursing and Social Welfare, Japan
Roberta SASSATELLI, university of Milan, Italy
Maria GIANNOTTI, Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Canada
Oral Presentations
Meaning of Meaninglessness: Operational Logic of Hospice Care in Taiwan
Hsiao-Mei JUAN, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
The Quest for a Good Death : (Re)Creating Natural Death in Hospital Settings
François-Xavier GOUDOT, Avicenne Hospital, Bobigny, France; Sandrine BRETONNIERE, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France
Cancer and End of Life – a Perspective from within the Oncologist-Patient Relationship
Sandrine BRETONNIERE, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France
The End at the Very Beginning: Perinatal Loss and Better Dying
Iva SMIDOVA, Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies, Sociology Dpt., Czech Republic
Distributed Papers
Old People and Suicide: An Empirical Study in France
Cherry SCHRECKER, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Muerte Asistida y Gestión Del Morir En Chile
Pilar DIEZ YENSEN, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile