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Research Project: Transnational mobilities and care in the context of assisted suicide

Marcos Andrade Neves

This research sets out to analyze how assisted suicide is triggered by the establishing of associations and cooperations among individuals and organizations from different jurisdictions, thus enabling the possibility of professional suicide assistance to members of organizations despite their country of origin or residence. This dynamics ends up enacting different kinds of mobilities across national borders, such as that of individuals, pharmaceuticals, and knowledge. The crossing of jurisdictions and the process of compliance with a set of criteria established by organizations to grant or deny their members access to the procedure end up dramatizing a specific relation of care that both exposes the place occupied by life as an indifferent value and subjects the medical practice and discourse to a deep reorganization. In order to follow these transnational mobilities, fieldwork was carried out in different places and countries, departing from an organization in Switzerland that provides suicide assistance to organizations in other jurisdictions, mainly Scotland and Germany. The fieldwork has been carried out for almost two years and the research is in its writing phase. Due to the subject of this research and its focus on political processes and both medical and biopolitical care, it has been associated with Medical Anthropology and Political and Legal Anthropology.