CNAV, Retraite et Action Sociale

“Old people and the end-of-life”
Frédéric Balard, Université de Lorraine; Pierre Moulin, Université de Lorraine and Cherry Schrecker, Université Grenoble Alpes (eds.)
Number 164, volume 43, publication in March 2021

Concept Note
Questions related to-the-end of live have given rise to numerous articles in scientific reviews and to extended ethical, legal and political debates. The aim of this special issue is to problematize this vast subject in the area of gerontology. We would like to consider this question from two points of view: firstly, by examining the specific issues relevant to te end of life of the aged; secondly, by asking how the various conceptions of the end-of-life give rise to specific images of “old people”.
The end-of-life, probably more than any other area of life, is inextricably governed by social norms, be they ethical, religious, moral, cultural, medical or scientific. These norms are subject to debate, and we may be left with the impression that the law has the monopoly in the definition of (good) practice vis- à-vis end-of-life. This assumption is brought into question by the observation of concrete situations, be they related to the way in which old people conceive of and organize the end of their lives or to medical and social procedures whose aim is to ease, accompany or “hasten” the end of life.

Theme 1 – End of life or end-of-life?
Theme 2 – Accompanying or accelerating the death of old people
Theme 3 – The good end of life and the good death

Submission dates and procedures
Authors should send their completed proposal (8000 words maximum), in English or French, accompanied by a title and an abstract to the review for the 9th December 2019 at the latest. Proposals must fit into one of the three sections of the review (original articles, reports from the field and perspectives, free expression); the choice of section should be mentioned on the first page along with the title and abstract. Original articles and reports from the field and perspectives will be subject to a double-blind peer review carried out by external experts, the shorter texts intended for the free expression section will be read by the editorial committee. For more information on the sections and reviewing process, please refer to our website.
The acceptance of proposals will be subject to the decision of the editorial board, which will inform authors as to the acceptance or refusal of their article.



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Submission date: 9th December 2019

Publication: March 1921
Information and questions: [email protected]


Coordinators of this issue: Frédéric BALARD, Pierre MOULIN and Cherry SCHRECKER
Chief editors: Frédéric BALARD and Aline CORVOL
Editorial committee: Pascal ANTOINE, Frédéric BALARD, Pascale BREUIL, Catherine CALECA, Arnaud CAMPÉON, Christophe CAPUANO, Aline CHAMAHIAN, Aline CORVOL, Olivier DUPONT, Roméo FONTAINE, Agathe GESTIN, Fabrice GZIL, Dominique KERN, Pascal LAMBERT, Sylvie MOISDON- CHATAIGNER, Bertrand PAUGET, Sophie PENNEC, Bertrand QUENTIN, Alain ROZENKIER, Dominique SOMME, Benoît VERDON
Editorial coordination: Hélène TROUVÉ and Valérie ZILLI