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Scripting Death: Stories of Assisted Dying in America

April 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Scripting Death: Stories of Assisted Dying in America



by The Association for the Study of Death and Society
Mon, 19 April 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Dr. Mara Buchbinder will present key findings from her new book about how the legalization of assisted dying is changing lives & deaths in the USA.

About this Event

The Association for Study of Death and Society (ASDS) Seminar Series is an opportunity to present, engage with and learn about research in the field of Death Studies and related areas.

Event Description
Over the past five years, medical aid-in-dying (also known as assisted suicide) has expanded rapidly in the United States and is now legally available to one in five Americans. This growing social and political movement heralds the possibility of a new era of choice in dying. Yet very little is publicly known about how medical aid-in-dying laws affect ordinary citizens once they are put into practice. Dr. Buchbinder will present findings from her ethnographic research documenting the implementation of Vermont’s 2013 Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act. She will show that medical aid-in-dying enables some terminally ill people to exercise agency over death against a back¬drop of existential uncertainty, bureaucratic regulation, and the biomedi¬calization of end-of-life care. However, this opportunity to “script” one’s death is not evenly distributed but instead favors individuals from more privileged socioeconomic backgrounds.

The event will include a presentation and time for questions, ending promptly after one hour.

For more information about the ASDS and how to become a member please visit our website at the link below or find us on Twitter @asds_death or Facebook @ASDSDeath

If you have any queries, please email ASDS at or event organizer Dr. Erica Borgstrom at



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April 19, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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