Article just published on-line:
Christine S. Davis, Meghan J. Snider, Lynná King, Allison Shukraft, James D. Sonda, Laurie Hicks & Lauren Irvin (2018) ‘A Time to Live and a Time to Die: Heterotopian Spatialities and Temporalities in a Pediatric Palliative Care Team’, Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2018.1443262 published on line 27 February 2018
The death of a child creates especially poignant feelings and extreme stress, distress, and devastation for family members and healthcare providers. In addition, serious or long-term illness forces a reconstruction of our experiences with time and space. In this paper, we report on a long-term ethnographic study of a Pediatric Palliative Care Team (PPCT). Using the concepts of spatiality and temporality; Deleuze’s concepts of smooth and striated spaces; Innis’s concepts of space and time biases; Foucault’s concept of heterotopian space—places with multiple layers of meaning; and a related concept of heterokairoi—moments in time with multiple possibilities—we consider how the PPCT constructs and reconstructs meaning in the midst of chaos, ethical dilemmas, and heartbreaking choices.
8 March 2018