Some social and political forces that have led us to think of death and dying as we do today.
Tony Walter (Centre for Death & Society, University of Bath, UK)
Where the death awareness movement, not least palliative care, has taken root, it is because the cultural ‘soil’ nourishes it. This short piece sketches some social, political, intellectual and ideological changes that since the late 1950s and 1960s have enabled this new approach to end of life care to develop in some western countries. More individualistic cultures, as in the UK and North America, that promote individual choice and autonomy, have found palliative care more conducive than those that prioritise the authority of family and medicine. To an extent, economic development also underpins palliative care, at least in the forms pioneered in the UK and North America.Continue reading “Some social and political forces that have led us to think of death and dying as we do today.”