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Speak of Death, Reclaim the Lost: Personal Experience Narrative in Death with Dignity

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dc.contributor.advisor Gatling, Benjamin C Kinney, Kaitlyn L
dc.creator Kinney, Kaitlyn L 2019-12-05 2020-06-02T19:00:51Z
dc.description This thesis has been embargoed for 5 years and will not be available until December 2024 at the earliest. en_US
dc.description.abstract Death is often described as something that simultaneously silences and is silenced within in our everyday lives. Biomedicine, in particular, has influenced these silences, shifting Western understandings of the body and affecting current American conceptions and experiences of death. Many individuals are discontent with the over-medicalized experience of death and dying. In the United States, this contributes to the rise of thanatological social movements. This thesis centers on the digital performance of personal experience narratives within the Death with Dignity movement— a social movement that seeks to change the current experience of death in the United States through providing another option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care. In the process of researching and writing this thesis, I conducted a literature search, coded and transcribed digital personal experience narratives, and incorporated discussions of repiner and patient storytellers within the Death with Dignity movement. I present and analyze these digital stories in an attempt to highlight why thanatological social movements not only provide insight into contemporary American conceptions regarding life and death, but also how vernacular death communication emerges. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject death en_US
dc.subject death with dignity en_US
dc.subject social movements en_US
dc.subject folklore en_US
dc.subject personal experience narrative en_US
dc.subject digital communication en_US
dc.title Speak of Death, Reclaim the Lost: Personal Experience Narrative in Death with Dignity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US Master's en_US Interdisciplinary Studies en_US George Mason University en_US
dc.description.embargo 2024-12-05

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