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'Good' and 'bad' deaths: Narratives and professional identities in interviews with hospice managers

Semino, E; Demjén, Z; Koller, V; (2014) 'Good' and 'bad' deaths: Narratives and professional identities in interviews with hospice managers. Discourse Studies , 16 (5) pp. 667-685. 10.1177/1461445614538566. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the formal and functional characteristics of narratives of 'good' and 'bad' deaths as they were told by 13 UK-based hospice managers in the course of semi-structured interviews. The interviewees' responses include a variety of remarkably consistent 'narratives of successful/frustrated intervention', which exhibit distinctive formal characteristics in terms of the starting point and core of the action, the choice of personal pronouns and metaphors, and the ways in which positive and negative evaluation is expressed. In functional terms, the hospice managers' narratives play an important role in representing and constructing their professional views, challenges and identities. Overall, the narratives argue for the role of hospices and professional hospice staff in facilitating a 'good' death, and, by presenting a relatively unified view, may potentially preclude alternative perspectives.

Type: Article
Title: 'Good' and 'bad' deaths: Narratives and professional identities in interviews with hospice managers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1461445614538566
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445614538566
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2014. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page(http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: Death and dying, end of life; narrative; professional identities; tellability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1530112
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