A che punto siamo con la negazione della morte: il ruolo sociale delle cure palliative

Journal title SALUTE E SOCIETÀ
Author/s Sara Petroccia
Publishing Year 2024 Issue 2024/1
Language Italian Pages 16 P. 21-36 File size 344 KB
DOI 10.3280/SES2024-001003
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This article presents an argument concerning the thesis of death denial, with the aim of foster-ing critical discourse regarding the contemporary care of terminally ill patients. The founda-tional premise rests upon the prevalent belief within modern Western society that death is ef-fectively denied through processes of medicalization and institutionalization. This discourse seeks to address several pertinent inquiries: Are there prevailing sociological theories within contemporary society that either support or oppose the concept of death denial? Furthermore, is the societal eradication of death denial an attainable or merely a contrived objective? Conse-quently, what perspective emerges regarding the societal and cultural eradication of death? This analysis will be developed through a structured discourse encompassing: 1) the challeng-es associated with death communication; 2) the medicalization of death; and 3) the societal seg-regation of the dying from society.

Keywords: communication; social system; religion; human enhancement; medicalization; palliative care.

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Sara Petroccia, A che punto siamo con la negazione della morte: il ruolo sociale delle cure palliative in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 1/2024, pp 21-36, DOI: 10.3280/SES2024-001003