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Le statut liminal du fœtus mort en France : du « déchet anatomique » à « l’enfant »

Abstract : In this article, we will address the profound transformation of institutional and private practices around dead fetuses in France since the 1980s and the 1990s. These practices resist the association of dead fetuses with “anatomic wastes” and tend to “personify” them. However, the study at the same time of the legal status of dead fetuses; of professional practices; and of grieving couple’s practice reveals that this change toward the personification of fetuses hides a more complex reality. Indeed, dead fetuses only benefit from liminal legal and social status as reflected by how their bodies and “remains” are handled, that is, mostly conform to their “parents’ will”. Their bodies then sway constantly between the status of “anatomy specimen” and child, depending on how actors perceive their own relationship with these beings.
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Anne-Sophie Giraud. Le statut liminal du fœtus mort en France : du « déchet anatomique » à « l’enfant ». Techniques et culture, Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme 2016. ⟨hal-01899171⟩



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