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Making the Choice, Organ Transfer or Trade: An Analysis of Canadian Values and the Political Economy of Care

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dc.contributor.advisor Shalla, Vivian Peters, Amanda 2011-08-26T18:42:41Z 2011-08-26T18:42:41Z 2011-07 2011-08-15 2011-08-26
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the role of Canadians in the international trade in human organs and the factors influencing patient decision making, assuming that patients make decisions regarding the management of their illness in a complex social, cultural, political and economic nexus. It engages a broad theoretical question of whether Canadians uphold values consistent with a commitment to consumerism, commodifying organs as needed and afforded, or altruism, supportive of voluntary organ donation systems. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with hemodialysis patients and their care givers in a southern Ontario hospital. Based on this analysis, Canadians appear to fall somewhere in the middle of the consumer-altruist divide. The dominant sentiment among participants was that Canadians ought not to be commodified, but the organs of foreign others in places removed from the Canadian value system hold potential, and provide opportunities for participating in a market when the supply of organs falls short of demand. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject organ trade en_US
dc.subject organ trafficking en_US
dc.subject organ donation en_US
dc.subject kidney transplant en_US
dc.subject political economy en_US
dc.subject health and illness behaviour en_US
dc.subject Canadian en_US
dc.subject values en_US
dc.subject dialysis en_US
dc.title Making the Choice, Organ Transfer or Trade: An Analysis of Canadian Values and the Political Economy of Care en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Sociology en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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