Samuel Blouin

Samuel Blouin
Université de Montréal | UdeM · Department of Sociology

Ph.D.

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Background: Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) was legalized in Canada in 2016, although it has been accessible as an end-of-life option in the province of Quebec since 2015. Before its implementation in clinical settings, few physicians had received formal training on requests assessments. New data indicate MAiD requesters have high rates of psyc...
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This paper concerns the ethical judgment that lies at the heart of assessing requests for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) in Canada and Quebec, namely is it ethically right to help the person requesting assistance to end his or her life? We address situations in which making this judgment may be challenging despite the person fulfilling legal el...
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Assistance in dying has become a transnational issue debated and lawfully practiced in several jurisdictions around the world. This article focuses on persons, terms and themes that circulate from one context authorizing assistance in dying to another. Building on Joseph Gusfield’s concepts of judgment, ownership and responsibility, we explore how...
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Euthanasia, assisted suicide, medical assistance in dying, death with dignity: these and many other different terms are used around the world to capture various types of assistance in dying. This diversity in terminology can create confusion both in academic debates and in policy-making if it is unclear what type of action or inaction is intended t...
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This special issue of Death Studies interrogates conditions for conducting international comparisons of assistance in dying regimes, and of related discourses and practices. To do so, it provides comparative social sciences and humanities perspectives on assistance in dying. In this editorial introduction, we first trace the origin of this special...
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À partir d’une enquête ethnographique sur l’assistance à mourir au Québec réalisée entre 2015 et 2019, l’auteur explore ce qui est en jeu au cours de l’administration d’une demande d’aide médicale à mourir (AMM). Par la Loi concernant les soins de fin de vie, entrée en vigueur en 2015, l’Assemblée nationale du Québec a légalisé l’AMM, une forme d’e...
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Les récits de personnes partant pour la Suisse pour recourir au suicide assisté ne manquent pas d’attirer l’attention médiatique. L’expression « tourisme de la mort » est régulièrement employée pour évoquer ces départs. Aux antipodes du modèle québécois d’aide médicale à mourir, le modèle suisse d’assistance au suicide représente une option moins m...
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Medical assistance in dying (MAiD) is available in Quebec since December 10th, 2015. To date, few physicians adopting this new practice had formal training, which therefore constitutes an educational challenge for practicing physicians. To address this educational gap, several MAiD training programs have been developed around the world. To our know...

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My dissertation project focuses on two practices: medical aid in dying in Québec, and assisted suicide in the canton de Vaud, Switzerland. From the public’s reaction to medically assisted dying to the institutionalization of assisted-dying practices, Samuel is interested in the way people deliberate these issues, individually and collectively. He is studying how people work such an intimate matter as death into issues of broader societal debate – the healthcare system, criminal justice, shared values, the role of government – and develop means to cope with the challenges created by assisted death (legalization, decriminalization, the delegation of decisions to associations). In Quebec and in Vaud, Samuel will examine what he calls the “administration of death” in the dual sense: that of (self‑)administering death, and that of managing the process of (self‑)administering it.