Exploring contemporary forms of aid in dying : an ethnography of euthanasia in Belgium and assisted suicide in Switzerland

Hamarat, Natasia (Centre METICES, Université libre de Bruxelles) ; Pillonel, Alexandre (Haute école de travail social et de la santé Lausanne (HETSL|HES-SO)) ; Berthod, Marc-Antoine (Haute école de travail social et de la santé Lausanne (HETSL|HES-SO)) ; Castelli Dransart, Dolores Angela (Haute école de travail social HETS Fribourg, HES-SO) ; Lebeer Guy (Centre METICES, Université libre de Bruxelles)

Drawing on two case studies from large-scale fieldwork carried out on euthanasia in Belgium and assisted suicide in Switzerland, this article focuses on the processes of normalization that structure aid in dying. Normalization takes place through a set of apparatuses only partially derived from current legislation, which underlie the relationships that develop between those requesting aid in dying, healthcare staff, volunteers, and loved ones. The resulting arrangements are specific to each national context, but the empirical data also point to broadly common traits, highlighting new paradigmatic forms of aid in dying in the contemporary era.


Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Travail social
Branch:
Travail social
School:
HETS-FR
HETSL
Institute:
Département de Recherche appliquée et développement de la HETS-FR
LaReSS - Laboratoire de Recherche Santé - Social, HETSL
Subject(s):
Travail social
Date:
2021-06
Pagination:
15 p.
Published in:
Death Studies
Numeration (vol. no.):
2021, published online 7 June
DOI:
ISSN:
1091-7683
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