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Lecture on social autopsy
Death, suicide and trauma
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Date Created: 04/04/16
    4/416    ● The social autopsy (three types)   ○ Pathological  ■ Medical care: surgeon determines the method of death  ■ Forensic setting: autopsy is used to distinguish bw suicide, natural death,  homicide etc  ○ Psychological  ■ Association with mental illness   ○ Social autopsy  ■ Embedded social factors→   ● Autopsy in forensics  ○ Forensics deal with hundreds of violent and suspicious deaths but about 75% of  those deaths are attributed to be caused by welfare conditions, particularly artery  disease  ■ Other examples  ● Cancer  ● Heart disease   ○ Triaging death  ■ Forensics have a legal duty to determine the cause of death that they are  assigned to  ■ No probable causes of violent death→ forensics attempt to convince  physicians to sign death certificates   ○ Scene investigation   ■ Investigator is trained in a certain way to look for probable causes of death  (violence) and thus, ignores all other evidence (biased)  ■ Ex­   ● Looks for signs of foul play such as, were doors closed or were  they open?  ● Looks for signs of trauma on the body   ● Looks at medicine cabinet (provides clues of medical history)  ● Looks at the position of the body   ● Look for drug paraphernalia  ● Look for signs of alcohol   ● Looks for writings (suicide notes)  ○ Case discussion   ■ Investigator has limited sources of information bc of his bias  ● Police investigation   ● Quick interviews  ● Medical record   ● Next of kin   ○ Actual autopsy   ■ Use structural evidence to pin down a functional process   ■ Distinguish from life saving evidence      4/416  ● During the autopsy, the medical examiner opens the body up and  removes all the organs in search for the most factual cause of  death­clogged arteries. He then determines that clogged arteries  were indeed the cause of death even when it is obvious that the  dead died from a violent death such as a gunshot wound   ○ Take home message   ■ Causes of death are affected by one’s biases, such as in how one is  trained to perform his job. For example, if this job were given to a  psychologist, the psychologist would most likely look for signs of mental  illness, because that is how the psychologist is trained, therefore, the  psychologist would ignore all other evidence that clues in into the most  probable method of death. In the same way, due to the forensics method of  training, he is biased and looks for certain clues (for signs of a violent  death) and ignores everything else.  ● Basically saying that forensics are biased when they search for  signs of causes of death because of the way that they are trained   ○ Ex: Heat wave in Chicago  ■ Drastic heat wave in which 700 people die   ■ What did people die of?  ● The argument is that the deaths of these people were due to  natural events caused by the heat and was inevitable/random  ■ Kleinberg finds that several social and political factors were involved within  this event   ■ Findings   ● Kleinberg makes a map and finds that the South and West areas of  Chicago had the highest rates of death. This was not a random  event, the South and West were very poor areas with high rates of  homicide  ● Who was most likely to die?  ○ Impoverished neighborhoods  ○ More men than woman  ○ More blacks than whites and latinos  ○ More elderly than the young   ● The neighborhood  ○ Certain neighborhoods suffered from huge cutbacks and  most city services had been privatized.  ■ No emergency plan for high death rates (no attempt  made by police department, fire department was not  trained for this, dept of human services had no way  of contacting people, dept of public health did not  know how to connect each agency  ○ However, such as in   awndale , even with inadequate  resources, Kleinberg finds that the Latinos in this      4/416  neighborhood were actually less susceptible to dying. Why?  Latinos in Lawndale were part of extended families in which  each member is more likely to help the other  ○ Death is attributed to social isolation   ■ Latinos in Lawndale are less susceptible to death   ■ Single occupancy housing is more susceptible to  dying   ○ Official framing (explanation)  ■ Government  ● Denies that people die  ● Blames victims for not reaching out or  refusing help  ● Blamed electric power companies for power  surges  ● Blames water company  ● “Natural disaster”  ○ Reinforced in the media   ○ Take home message of the social autopsy  ■ Social­political determinants of mortality  ■ Looks for patterns and explains variations  ■ All forms of autopsy are political projects. In this  case, the government looked at the most probable  cause of death and ignored all other social factors  such as the huge governmental cutbacks to help the  poor. So it wasnt because certain communities were  poor that they died but it was because these  particular areas were ignored by the government.  However, even with inadequate resources,  Lawndale was less susceptible to dying because  members were integrated within a community in  which members looked out for one another. The  main idea is that certain professionals are biased in  their conclusions for the causes of death. 


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