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The meanings of organ donation : Muslims of Pakistani origin and white English nationals living in North England

Hayward, C. and Madill, A. (2003) The meanings of organ donation : Muslims of Pakistani origin and white English nationals living in North England. Social Science and Medicine, 57 (3). pp. 389-401. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

This study explores the meanings of organ donation, with emphasis on donating eyes and hearts, comparing people across gender and across two ethnic groups. Four focus group interviews were conducted with people living in the North of England: (1) five Muslim women of Pakistani origin, (2) five Muslim men of Pakistani origin, (3) nine white English women, and (4) eight white English men. The focus group interviews were analysed using grounded theory and a conceptual micro-model created for each group. The main finding was that the act of organ donation can be perceived as involving a personal cost. The Muslims of Pakistani origin related costs with their religious beliefs. In contrast, the white English associated costs with their distrust of the medical system. Women were concerned about the transmission of disease or of personality, whereas the white English men highlighted their personal rights. We conclude that the meaning of organ donation is more than about being and having a body. It is bound up in metaphors of embodiment, religious considerations, and moral judgement of scientific and medical conduct.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2003 Elsevier Science. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Social Science and Medicine.
Keywords: organ donation, Islam, grounded theory, embodiment, gender, health, Pakistanis, Muslims
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > Institute of Psychological Sciences (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > Institute of Health Sciences (Leeds) > Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2014 23:56
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00364-7
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00364-7
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1478

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