Governing Death and Loss: Empowerment, Involvement and Participation

Paperback | April 17, 2011

EditorSteve Conway

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Political, economic, social, cultural and technological changes have led to profound transformations in the ways that death and loss are perceived and managed in contemporary society. Over the last few decades, the long term shift to chronic illness as a major causal factor has significantlyincreased the time scale of dying. Most people die in institutions and 'care' is typically medical. Many communities and ordinary citizens now relinquish control and involvement to experts in the last stages of life.However, at global and local levels, new institutional arrangements are emerging to govern the changing face of death, and a new model is being developed to counter claims of the 'creeping medicalisation' of death and dying. Emphasising the international context of the issues involved, this bookillustrates the interlinking nature of society, death and loss, and gives examples of governance that promotes the empowerment, participation and the increasing need for the involvement of ordinary people and communities in differing social and cultural contexts. All chapters are written at an accessible level and will appeal to a wide readership. Part 1 of the book provides a sociological understanding of the governance of death and loss in international and historical contexts, and the implications for practice. Part 2 provides examples of good practice,drawing upon a sociological understanding.

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Political, economic, social, cultural and technological changes have led to profound transformations in the ways that death and loss are perceived and managed in contemporary society. Over the last few decades, the long term shift to chronic illness as a major causal factor has significantlyincreased the time scale of dying. Most peo...

Steve Conway is Senior Lecturer in Research Methods at the School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University in Middlesbrough, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:April 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199586179

ISBN - 13:9780199586172

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Professor Allan Kellehear: ForewordSteve Conway: IntroductionPart 1 - Theorising death and loss1. Margaret Gibson: Death and community2. Jenny Hockey: Contemporary cultures of memorialisation: blending social inventiveness and conformity?3. Arnar Arnason: (Un)Regulating bereavement4. Naomi Richards: Promoting the self through the arts: the transformation of private testimony into public witnessing5. Peter Beresford and Suzy Croft: Involvement and empowerment at the end of life: overcoming the barriers6. Wing Hoi Chan: Reviving sociability in contemporary cultural practices and concepts of death in Hong KongPart 2 - Principles into practice7. Steve Conway: The shameful death: implications for public health8. David Clark: A history of the project on death in America: programmes, outputs, impacts9. Allan Kellehear and Barbara Young: Resilient communities10. John Rosenberg and Patsy Yates: Transition from conventional to health promoting palliative care: an Australian case study11. Suresh Kumar: Neighbourhood network in palliative care - a public health approach to the care of the dying12. Andy Hau Yan Ho and Cecilia Lai Wan Chan: Liberating dying people and bereaved families from the oppression of death and loss in Chinese societies: a public health approach13. Nigel Hartley: Letting it out of the cage: death education and community involvement14. Bruce Rumbold, Fiona Gardner and Irene Nolan: Spirituality and community practice