Ritualization and magic among dying patients

Butters, M. (Puhuja)

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In my presentation, I explore how ritualized – and at times magical – ways of thinking, speaking and acting become strategies for either adapting or contesting the human condition. I look at the ways in which ritualizations introduced by a medical environment end up organizing the dying patient’s social and metaphysical reality. Some patients adapt and follow the ritualized clinical pathway, whereas others react by creating their own (counter-)rituals to deny death. The situation is often further complicated by unwanted consequences of the medical procedures offered to the dying patient. As a result, patients may find themselves affected by contesting understandings of what is the best way to die. In my analysis, I make use of Stanley Tambiah’s notions on two types of orientations toward reality: namely, causality and participation. Ultimately, my goal is to show how different rituals around dying comprise different metaphysical understandings about what it is to be a human and how the boundaries between life and death are formed.
Aikajakso7 syyskuuta 2017
Tapahtuman otsikkoDeath, Dying and Disposal 13: International conference on Death Studies
Tapahtuman tyyppiKonferenssi
SijaintiPreston, Britannia
Tunnustuksen arvoKansainvälinen