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‘Doing death’ the Mediterranean way: end-of-life in a segregated nursing home


Ammann, Eva Soom; Rauber, Gabriela; Salis Gross, Corina (2018). ‘Doing death’ the Mediterranean way: end-of-life in a segregated nursing home. Mortality:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

This paper presents ethnographic data on a migrant-specific nursing home ward in Switzerland. It shows that the structurally pre-defined segregation of residents sharing a common characteristic affects care practices along three dimensions: performances of sameness/otherness, informalisation of relationships and language/understanding. Yet, ‘death work’ showed little difference to non-segregated wards. However, relatives’ practices in dying trajectories were less congruent with nursing home ‘doing death’, and collisions may evolve. The need for negotiations associated with running a segregated ward seems to elicit enhanced institutional reflexivity with potential to increase the ability of institutions to provide diversity-sensitive services to all residents.

Abstract

This paper presents ethnographic data on a migrant-specific nursing home ward in Switzerland. It shows that the structurally pre-defined segregation of residents sharing a common characteristic affects care practices along three dimensions: performances of sameness/otherness, informalisation of relationships and language/understanding. Yet, ‘death work’ showed little difference to non-segregated wards. However, relatives’ practices in dying trajectories were less congruent with nursing home ‘doing death’, and collisions may evolve. The need for negotiations associated with running a segregated ward seems to elicit enhanced institutional reflexivity with potential to increase the ability of institutions to provide diversity-sensitive services to all residents.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Philosophy, Religious studies, Health(social science)
Language:English
Date:4 July 2018
Deposited On:15 Feb 2019 13:46
Last Modified:12 Mar 2019 14:41
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1357-6275
Additional Information:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mortality on 2018, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13576275.2018.1483906
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2018.1483906

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