'Doing Death' the Mediterranean way : end-of-life in a segregated nursing home

Soom Ammann, Eva; Rauber, Gabriela; Salis Gross, Corina (2019). '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. KEYWORDS: Nursing home, end-of-life care, doing death, migration, diversity, ethnography

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Health Professions

Name:

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

ISSN:

1357-6275

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christoph Golz

Date Deposited:

24 Jan 2020 06:46

Last Modified:

24 Jan 2020 06:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13576275.2018.1483906

Additional Information:

Date: 2019

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.10206

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/10206

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