Making a Gift

Kieran Healy

in Last Best Gifts

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226322353
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226322384 | DOI:
Making a Gift

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This chapter traces the emergence of the cultural account of organ donation in the U.S. from the late 1970s to the 1990s. It explains that advocates promoted the idea of organ donation by publicizing a specific set of arguments for donation, lobbying politically and working to placate or sideline their critics. This helped make donation a socially acceptable choice in the face of sudden bereavement. This chapter argues that the standard account of organ donation represents a consensus produced through the professional efforts of organ transplantation advocates.

Keywords: organ donation; cultural account; U.S.; lobbying; socially acceptable; sudden bereavement; organ transplantation

Chapter.  8184 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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