Constructing Good Death: End-of-Life Issues in Documentaries

    Project: Research project

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    The research project “Constructing Good Death” studies the politics of representations of dying, end-of-life issues and hospice care in the Western documentary films. I analyze how and why the documentaries construct, normalize, and challenge cultural understandings of “good death,” a phrase, which most often is used to refer to meaningful and dignified death. The research material consists of Western documentaries dealing with end-of-life issues, interviews with documentary filmmakers and the screening of documentaries to the hospice care workers. I ask, do (or should) the documentaries emphasize a certain narrative of how it is culturally acceptable to die, or is (should) there a more varied understanding of dying? The aim is to discuss our cultural expectations for dying processes, end-of-life care, and their mediation in the Western societies.
    Effective start/end date01/09/201731/08/2023