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Troubling meanings of family and competing moral imperatives in the family lives of young people with a parent who is at the end of life

Turner, Nicola; Almack, Kathryn

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Kathryn Almack



Abstract

This article draws on a narrative study of young people with a parent who is at the end of life to examine how family lives are troubled by life-limiting parental illness. Young people struggled to reconcile the physical and emotional absence of family members with meanings of ‘family’; the extent to which young people could rely on family to ‘be there’ in these troubling circumstances was of practical, emotional and moral significance. Our discussion is situated in the context of an English end of life care policy predicated on the ideal of a good death as one that takes place at home accompanied by family members. We explore how the shift away from family as a site for nurturing children towards family as a space to care for the dying is experienced by young people, and consider how these competing moral imperatives are negotiated through relational practices of care.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Children's Geographies
Print ISSN 1473-3285
Electronic ISSN 1473-3277
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Turner, N., & Almack, K. (in press). Troubling meanings of family and competing moral imperatives in the family lives of young people with a parent who is at the end of life. Children's Geographies, https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1350633
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1350633
Keywords Young people; family; care; child–adult relations; moral
geography
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14733285.2017.1350633
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Children's Geographies on 12/07/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline..../14733285.2017.1350633.

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