The technological regulation of death: With reference to the technological regulation of birth
UNSPECIFIED. (1997) The technological regulation of death: With reference to the technological regulation of birth. Sociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association, 31 (4). pp. 719-735. ISSN 0038-0385Full text not available from this repository.
The technological management and regulation of birth is well documented (see, for example, Arms 1975; Oakley 1980; Arney 1982; Arney and Neil 1982; Rothman 1982; DeVries 1985). Following DeVries (1981) in juxtaposing the analysis of birth alongside death, this article draws a parallel between the technological management and regulation of birth and the technological regulation of death in Intensive Care. The analysis builds on the literature concerning the social organisation of death (Sudnow 1967; Glaser and Strauss 1965, 1968). It considers the strategic practice of withdrawing technological support from the dying patient in stages, in order to 'mimic' the more gradual decline of 'natural' death. This is associated with two ends: it allows time for the emotional adaptation of the patient's relatives and health care professionals to the patient's imminent death; and it also allows death to be presented as a less dramatic disjuncture. If death appeared too abrupt or professionally induced this might become the subject of disputation or litigation. Stress is laid on the role of technology as a means of facilitating a greater surveillance and scheduling of death and allowing greater control over the process of dying. It illustrates the use of high-technology medicine as part of a (technological) rite of passage.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociology - The Journal of the British Sociological Association|
|Publisher:||BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOC|
|Number of Pages:||17|
|Page Range:||pp. 719-735|
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