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Death Management: A Cultural Exploration in Contemporary Canada

Doyle, Christina (2015) Death Management: A Cultural Exploration in Contemporary Canada. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Doyle, Christina
Abstract:

We are at a unique tipping point in our connection to and understanding of death and dying in contemporary Canada. This research exploration shines a light on the shifting ground of the culture of death and dying in Canada, including innovative services and the demographic context that are shifting our collective perspective. By reviewing past anthropological, sociological, philosophical, and psychological practices, the story of our modern ‘fear of death’ surfaces. Interviews with experts from a variety of domains within death management make known barriers, changes and innovations currently underway. Through use of the foresight model of causal layered analysis, deeply seeded cultural myths of repression and phobia are assessed in connection to the litany of current trends in death management. Application of the three horizons technique reveals a tangible vision of what radical shifts might occur in 10 to 20 years and provides a provocative awareness of how death might be perceived and handled differently in the future.

Date: December 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: death, dying, culture, innovation, future, foresight, Canada
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 12:00
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/427

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