On euthanasia, resistance and redemption: The moralities and politics of a hospice

Broom, Alex (2012) On euthanasia, resistance and redemption: The moralities and politics of a hospice. Qualitative Health Research, 22 2: 226-237. doi:10.1177/1049732311421181

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Author Broom, Alex
Title On euthanasia, resistance and redemption: The moralities and politics of a hospice
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2012-02-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732311421181
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 226
End page 237
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Euthanasia/assisted dying, the desire to hasten death, and religious supportive care at the end of life are controversial issues that have been heavily debated within the academic and medical communities. Little research has been done on hospice patients’ views, despite hospices being political spaces, espousing a range of perspectives on assisted dying, religiosity, and “good deaths.” In this article I document the presence, articulation, and significance of these issues as perceived and experienced by 20 hospice inpatients in the last 4 weeks of their lives. Key themes to emerge included polarization in desire for hastened death and assisted dying in the hospice; the hospice as a morally bound space situated within particular notions of “dying well”; and the divisive character of religion as part of formalized hospice care. Theoretically, the participants’ perspectives on euthanasia/assisted dying and religiosity in the hospice provide a means of unpacking and revealing the moral economy of modern dying practices and the institutional governance and production of “timely deaths.”
Keyword Death and dying
End-of-life issues
Interviews, semistructured
Palliative care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 9 September 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
Official 2012 Collection
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