This thesis engages with contemporary debates within the social sciences concerning the study of affect and emotion via a reanalysis of qualitative data on deceased organ donation collected in Catalonia (Spain). The practice of transferring organs from a deceased body to a living one is a medical procedure with a long and complex history reviewed in the second chapter. In contemporary Spain, this practice is highly contingent on the outcome of an encounter between healthcare professionals and bereaved families. Hence, the affectivity involved in this situation emerges as a key element in the process of becoming donor kin.
|Date of Award||Jun 2014|