AWARENESS OF DYING

(1967) Barney G. Glaser and Anselm Strauss (Chicago: Aldine Publishing Co.) $ 38.00
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This is the first grounded theory book, now pub­lished in four languages. Its resounding suc­cess led to the seminal codification of classic grounded theory method­ology, in "Discovery of Grounded Theory”. At the time of the study, American physi­cians were quite reluctant to disclose impending death to their patients. The book addresses the social psychological problems of dying in hospitals when the patient knows and does not know, with varying degrees between, that he/she is dying. It focuses on the effects of interaction and tactics used by nurses in care of the dying patient within different awareness contests.



CONTENT

Part 1
Introduction
1
The problem of awareness of dying
2
Expectations of death: A problem in social definition
Part II
Types of Awareness Contexts
3
Closed awareness
4
Suspicion awareness: The contest for control
5
The ritual drama of mutual pretence
6
The ambiguities of open awareness
7
Discounting awareness
Part III
Problems of Awareness
8
Direct disclosure of terminality
9
The unaware family
10
The aware family
11
“Nothing more to do”: The problem of no recovery
12
“Nothing more to do”: The problem of comfort
13
Awareness and the nurse’s composure
Part IV
Conclusions
14
The practical use of awareness theory
15
Awareness and the study of social interaction
Appendix
Methods of Collection and Analysis