Commodified kin: death, mourning, and competing claims on the bodies of organ donors in the United States.

  title={Commodified kin: death, mourning, and competing claims on the bodies of organ donors in the United States.},
  author={L. Sharp},
  journal={American anthropologist},
  volume={103 1},
  • L. Sharp
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • American anthropologist
  • A pronounced disjunction characterizes symbolic constructions of the cadaveric donor body in the United States, where procurement professionals and surviving donor kin vie with one another in their desires to honor this unusual category of the dead. Of special concern is the medicalized commodification of donor bodies, a process that shapes both their social worth and emotional value. Among professionals, metaphorical thinking is key: death and body fragmentation are cloaked in ecological… CONTINUE READING
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