Imagining terminality : anticipations of suicide with assistance in Switzerland

Berthod, Marc-Antoine (Haute école de travail social et de la santé EESP Lausanne, HES-SO) ; Stavrianakis, Anthony (Laboratoire d'ethnologie et de société comparative, Nanterre) ; Pillonel, Alexandre (Haute école de travail social et de la santé EESP Lausanne, HES-SO) ; Castelli Dransart, Dolores Angela (Haute école de travail social Fribourg (HETS-FR), HES-SO // Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale)

This article explores how people who solicit assistance in dying imagine and anticipate their own terminality. Its objective consists in describing and interpreting the fact that these individuals go beyond their medical condition when commenting on such a request and on their engagement in this process. Based on an ongoing ethnographic inquiry funded by the Swiss Science Foundation and carried out in Switzerland, where assistance with suicide is permitted within a unique legal framework, the article shows the importance of taking into consideration the role that affective and imaginative internalized contents – imagination, broadly conceived – play in the realization of assisted suicide. These contents are key to appreciating a decision to request to die with assistance as well as its justifications.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Travail social
Branch:
Travail social
School:
HETSL
Institute:
LaReSS - Laboratoire de Recherche Santé - Social, HETSL
Subject(s):
Travail social
Date:
2019-02
Pagination:
15 p.
Published in:
Revista M.
Numeration (vol. no.):
2019, vol. 4, no. 7, pp. 45-59
DOI:
ISSN:
2525-3050
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