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Food, Comfort, and Community: Media Coverage of Last Meals for the Dying

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tina SikkaORCiD



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This article examines the media coverage of food in the context of community-based end of life rituals and death meals that are increasingly being observed by those undergoing a medically assisted death (medical assistance in dying: MAID). I employ a reconstituted form of media analysis that aims to identify and unpack the socio-cultural themes, values, and assumptions that underpin these food events. These include the central frames of plenty, community/family, personality, comfort, and gender. My objective is to provoke a discussion about how media coverage acts as a site from which to understand the significance of food in the context of death, when death is desired, and how new avenues of research can be pursued therein.

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Author(s): Sikka T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Food, Drink and Society

Year: 2021

Volume: 1

Issue: 2

Online publication date: 17/12/2021

Acceptance date: 13/07/2021

Date deposited: 26/09/2021

Publisher: ARROW@TU Dublin


DOI: 10.21427/65bg-4475


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