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Sylva Bártlová

Dying and death as a social problem


The text deals with dying and death as a social problem. Death is regarded as a social event, which means the way how the society „organizes death“. The text notices, above all, the medicalisation of death, and mentions classical medical and sociological studies by the authors Glaser, B., and Strauss, A., concerning the social organization of dying and death in hospitals, and studies regarding the changes of the dying and death concept. It is focused on critical junctures the dying people are going through but the junctures cannot be mistaken for phases of dying given by Kübler-Ross.

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