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

Soom Ammann, Eva; Rauber, Gabriela; Salis Gross Cöplü, Corina (2018). ‘Doing death’ the Mediterranean way: End-of-life in a segregated nursing home. Mortality, 24(3), pp. 271-289. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/13576275.2018.1483906

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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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Soom Ammann, Eva; Rauber, Gabriela and Salis Gross Cöplü, Corina

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1469-9885

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Eva Soom Ammann

Date Deposited:

27 Jun 2019 10:02

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 04:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13576275.2018.1483906

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127589

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127589

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