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Domesticating Deathcare: The Women of the U.S. Natural Deathcare Movement

Journal title
The Journal of medical humanities
Publication year
2018
Author(s)
Olson, P. R.
Pages
195-215
Volume
39
Number
2

This article examines the women-led natural deathcare movment in the early 21(st) century U.S., focusing upon the movement’s non-coincidental epistemological and gender-political similarities to the natural childbirth movement. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach and drawing upon the author’s intensive interviews with pioneers and leaders of the U.S. natural deathcare movement, as well as from the author’s own participation in the movement, this article argues that the political similarities between the countercultural natural childbirth and natural deathcare movements reveal a common cultural provocation-one that spans the natal transition and the fatal transition.

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