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Putting a Bow on Death and Dying Health Care Professionals’ Experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis with Agambian Insights

Putting a Bow on Death and Dying Health Care Professionals’ Experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis with Agambian Insights

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Title: Putting a Bow on Death and Dying Health Care Professionals’ Experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis with Agambian Insights
Author: Townsley, Alison
Abstract: This paper employs a Foucauldian Discourse Analysis perspective to enrich the
understanding of the experiences that health care professionals in Ontario, Canada have with
medical assistance in dying. Interview data is analyzed by situating the health care professional
as an effect, as a producer, and as a challenger of power-knowledge systems. Philosophical
theories of Giorgio Agamben are applied to the data to challenge Foucauldian principles, and to
bolster the discussion of defining of the body that deserves to live, and the body that deserves to
die.
Major findings that emerged include the dominant discourse of aligning right and good
within confines of the law, and the absolution of quantification and generalizability in relation to
definitions surrounding dying. In terms of next steps for social work practice, this paper
concludes by asking social workers to interrogate why we feel the need to ‘put a bow on death
and dying’, so that we may engage in critical conversations with our colleagues.
Subject: Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
medical assistance in dying.
Ontario
Giorgio Agamben
law
power-knowledge systems
social work practice
Type: Other
Rights: CC0 1.0 Universal
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35613
Date: 2018

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