Exploring young women's ambivalent perceptions of cadaveric organ donation in England : a mortal embodiment perspective

Lai, Al-Ling (2009) Exploring young women's ambivalent perceptions of cadaveric organ donation in England : a mortal embodiment perspective. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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This thesis seeks to develop the existential-phenomenological concept of embodiment from the temporal standpoint of mortality in consumer research. In order to deepen understanding of the concept, I have chosen to situate my exploration of 'mortal embodiment' within the context of cadaveric organ donation. In this study, I explore the embodied narratives of young British women, aged 21-30, who harbour ambivalent perceptions towards cadaveric organ donation. Following the philosophical tenets of hermeneutic-philosophy, multiple active interviews were conducted with these young women, generating extremely 'rich' and 'thick' textual data in the form of embodied narratives. Through their embodied narratives, I seek to understand how their experience of having and being a 'mortal body' shapes their ambivalence towards cadaveric organ donation and in tum provides the basis from which they negotiate, appropriate and resist the intrinsic meanings of UK Transplant's 'gift-of­-life' promotional discourse. Their embodied narratives reveal that the 'gift-of-life' discourse, despite its cultural currency, has, nevertheless, failed to appreciate the existential concerns about the body and its place in society, which transcend, and at times contradict the view of the body as a social gift. Through an intertextual reading, I further illustrate how these young women negotiate the meanings they ascribe to cadaveric organ donation by personalizing various cultural discourses about the body, death and organ transplantation. As such, the embodied narratives of my participants constitute the pre-objective ground, from which the theorization of mortal embodiment can be constructed. In so doing, my thesis contributes to the relatively uncharted but growing area of embodiment and mortality, thereby challenging the dominant influence of Cartesian philosophy within the discipline of consumer research.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Dermody, Janinejdermody@glos.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Hanmer-Lloyd, Stuartshlloyd@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/stuart-hanmer-lloyd/
Additional Information: A print copy of this thesis is available for reference use only.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cadaveric organ donation, UK; Mortal embodiment; Women; Body; Death; Organ transplantation
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Gloucestershire Business School
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2021 15:30
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2021 15:30
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10501

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