Unsettling Place(s) at the end of life

Aileen Collier, Alex Broom

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Critical considerations of space and place at the end of life have been limited in the social science literature. To address this gap, we draw on empirical data from two interrelated but separate qualitative Australian data sets to critically examine dying in relation to considerations of space, place and affect. These studies share the primary aim to better understand and articulate end-of-life experiences, with one using video reflexive ethnography and the other semi-structured interviews with patients. Challenging the broader valorisation of particular places of dying and death (e.g. home, hospice, hospital), we critically explore the meanings and affects of space and place and how they are rooted in normative expectations. Drawing on participant accounts we interrogate simplistic concepts of home versus hospice, or hospital versus community, developing a critical social science of the intersections of space and place at the end of life.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113536
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Early online date18 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Caring
  • Dying
  • End-of-life
  • Palliative care
  • Place
  • Qualitative interviews


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