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“He died as he lived”: Biopolitical Mediatization in the Death of David Goodall

by Sam Han
School of Social Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Perth 6009, Australia
Religions 2019, 10(10), 566; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10100566
Received: 4 June 2019 / Revised: 21 September 2019 / Accepted: 27 September 2019 / Published: 2 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Mediatisation in Global Perspective)
This article explores the nexus of biopolitics, mediatization and secularization, drawing out their relationship as it pertains to matters of assisted dying and euthanasia. In particular, it examines the dynamics of the media coverage of a highly-publicized case of euthanasia, namely, that of scientist David Goodall, based in Perth, Australia, who flew to Switzerland in May 2018 to end his own life at the age of 104. Focusing on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s coverage, the article keys in on the theme of embodiment, discussing it within recent developments in social theory on the “secular body” and pain, suggesting that the mediatization of his death facilitated and structured an “environment” for staging and negotiating issues of biopolitical import. It then contextualizes this analysis within broader discussions on biopolitics and secularity. View Full-Text
Keywords: mediatization; biopolitics; Australia; euthanasia; embodiment; David Goodall mediatization; biopolitics; Australia; euthanasia; embodiment; David Goodall
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Han, S. “He died as he lived”: Biopolitical Mediatization in the Death of David Goodall. Religions 2019, 10, 566.

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