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dc.contributor.authorArkin, Kimberlyen_US
dc.date2019-08-12
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-03T15:52:26Z
dc.date.available2020-11-03T15:52:26Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.citationKimberly Arkin. 2020. "What can words do? Debating a 'good' death in French palliative care." Anthropological Quarterly, Volume 93, Issue 2, pp. 177 - 204. https://doi.org/10.1353/anq.2020.0030
dc.identifier.issn0003-5491
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/41576
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the ambivalent ways that care providers in a southern French hospital (the Center) thought about patient subjectivities and the power and role of language as they argued about how to orchestrate a “good” death in palliative care. By analyzing the case of Monsieur Rami, a 67 year-old Moroccan-born immigrant who died of metastatic cancer in the summer of 2017, I argue against the presumption that individual autonomy, rational choice, and linguistic transparency are hegemonic in Western Europe, particularly in biomedical domains. Instead, I use the disagreements and frustrations that surrounded Monsieur Rami’s last weeks to trace out the variety of conflicting ways that care providers talked about his family entanglements, the role of cognitive knowledge and “choice” in end-of-life care, and the power of language itself. Care providers in the Center certainly sometimes characterized Monsieur Rami as a (potentially) autonomous, choosing individual who required transparent communication about his prognosis and diagnosis. But such characterizations served as ideological weapons in battles care providers were fighting amongst themselves over their own contradictory ethical commitments. And in palliative care, those competing ethical commitments were often grounded in assumptions about intersubjectivity and irrationality, as well as the performative power of words.en_US
dc.format.extentp. 177 - 204en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherGeorge Washington University, Institute for Ethnographic Researchen_US
dc.relation.ispartofAnthropological Quarterly
dc.subjectFranceen_US
dc.subjectPalliative careen_US
dc.subjectMedical ethicsen_US
dc.subjectNeoliberalismen_US
dc.subjectLanguage ideologiesen_US
dc.subjectAnthropologyen_US
dc.titleWhat can words do? Debating a 'good' death in French palliative careen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/anq.2020.0030
pubs.elements-sourcemanual-entryen_US
pubs.notesEmbargo: 6 monthsen_US
pubs.notesI would like the article embargoed until it actually comes out in the journal.en_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston Universityen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciencesen_US
pubs.organisational-groupBoston University, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropologyen_US
pubs.publication-statusAccepteden_US
dc.identifier.mycv503946


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