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Jamie Woodworth

Jamie Woodworth


Jamie Woodworth

Building Death Literacy Through Last Aid: An Examination of Agency, Ambivalence and Gendered Informal Caregiving Within the Swedish Welfare State


  • Jamie Woodworth

Summary, in English

In the last two decades, health promotion strategies have gained significant attention in end-of-life care contexts—engendering greater focus on community and informal care in policy and healthcare spheres in liberal welfare-states. The emergence of health-promoting palliative care (HPPC) in the Nordic context presents a unique challenge to the abiding social contract of care which emphasizes the de-familialisation of child- and long-term care. This study reflects upon the implementation of one HPPC inspired educational initiative, called Last Aid, into a Swedish context and its influence on social relations of care within the welfare state model. Participants articulated Last Aid as a tool which helped them reclaim agency amidst the inertia of competing norms and expectations of informal caregiving. These findings indicate that the implementation of Last Aid into the Swedish context is characterized by a tension between norms of institutional caregiving versus community caregiving, representing a case of sociological ambivalence. Furthermore, the data shows that women disproportionately perform informal caregiving for seriously ill significant others in an institutional context where state care services are diminishing. Employing a feminist analytical approach, these results, and the HPPC perspective, are discussed in light of trends towards welfare retrenchment in the Nordic countries.


  • Palliativt Utvecklingscentrum
  • Genusvetenskapliga institutionen






NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research


Artikel i tidskrift


Taylor & Francis


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary




  • The Institute for Palliative Care


  • ISSN: 0803-8740