CAIRN-INT.INFO : International Edition

Assisted suicide mainly concerns the elderly. This practice, as well as other contemporary forms of dying (euthanasia, palliative care), epitomizes recent individual and collective transformations in our relationship to death. Although assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, its operationalization cannot be taken for granted. Each request is evaluated in accordance with a set of recommendations. During this decision-making process, the notion of age is an underlying theme of the arguments and justifications put forward. Based on an ethnographic study, this article brings to light and analyzes different points of view in order to highlight how the question of age is invoked as a constituent element in the elaboration of this acceptability.

  • death
  • age
  • assisted suicide
  • aging
  • acceptability criteria
Alexandre Pillonel
Marc-Antoine Berthod
Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart
This is the latest publication of the author on cairn.
This is the latest publication of the author on cairn.
Distribution électronique pour Caisse nationale d'assurance vieillesse © Caisse nationale d'assurance vieillesse. Tous droits réservés pour tous pays. Il est interdit, sauf accord préalable et écrit de l’éditeur, de reproduire (notamment par photocopie) partiellement ou totalement le présent article, de le stocker dans une banque de données ou de le communiquer au public sous quelque forme et de quelque manière que ce soit.
Loading... Please wait