Kritisk diskursanalyse af konstruktionen af hjernedød og organdonation

Charlotte Hald Laursen

Publikation: Ph.d. afhandling/ kandidat/ diplomKandidatspecialeForskning


Title: Critical discourse analysis of the construction of brain death and organ donation
Aim: Examine what representation is constructed by brain death and organ donation in Denmark.
Method: Fairclough based discourse analysis of newspaper and periodical articles and health policy informational material (2006 to March 2011). The study is placed in a socio-­constructive context.
Conclusion: A biomedical discourse predominates, followed by political, consumer, competition, ethical and religious discourses. Different representations of brain death and organ donation are portrayed in the respective
Brain death is predominantly represented as a pathophysiological event and definitive death. In contrast, the brain death criterion is seen as a constructed phenomenon, which runs contrary to the culturally-­rooted cardiac death criterion.
Organ donation is discursively constructed partly as a solidary obligation and a charitable action. The thesis reasons that all of the viewpoints should be heard in
the organ donation debate. The thesis recommends an awareness of just how difficult it can be for the next of kin of brain dead patients to assimilate the brain death criterion.
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2011