Dying as a social relationship: a sociological review of debates on the determination of death

Kellehear, Allan (2008) Dying as a social relationship: a sociological review of debates on the determination of death. Social Science and Medicine, 66 (7). pp. 1533-1544. ISSN 0277-9536 (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.12.023)

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Abstract

The research literature about ‘brain death’ is largely characterized by biomedical, bioethical and legal writing. This has led to overlooking wider but no less pertinent social, historical and cultural understandings about death. By ignoring the work of other social and clinical colleagues in the study of dying, the literature on the determination of death has become unnecessarily abstract and socially disconnected from parallel concerns about death and dying. This has led, and continues to lead to, incomplete suggestions and narrow discussions about the nature of death as well as an ongoing misunderstanding of general public and health care staff responses to brain death criteria. This paper provides a sociological outline of these problems through a review of the key literature on the determination of death.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Brain death; Dying; Social factors; Culture; End-of-life care; Review
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 12810
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 16:09
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12810

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