Ms N. (Natashe) Lemos Dekker
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1001 NA Amsterdam
Thesis working title: Dementia and the politics of care at the end of life
Natashe Lemos Dekker is a PhD candidate at the medical anthropology department at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on social processes and the management of death and dying with dementia. She scrutinizes the notion of social death and critically assesses the politics of death and dying by questioning normative conditions for the production of lives worth living.
Through ethnographic fieldwork in nursing homes in the Netherlands, she addresses how notions of a good death relate to end of life decision making and the provision of long term care for people with dementia. In doing so she explores anticipation of the end of life and experiences of grief and loss. Within this research project, and specific to the Dutch context, she addresses the challenges and motivations for euthanasia in the case of dementia, and implementations of the palliative care tool Zorgpad Stervensfase (a Dutch version of the Liverpool Care Pathway) in a nursing home setting.
Previously, she has conducted field research in Buenos Aires, Argentina on bereavement and political action among women who have lost family members during the dictatorship.
She holds an MA in gender and ethnicity studies and an MA in cultural anthropology, both from Utrecht University.
KEY WORDS: Death and Dying, Dementia, Ageing, Grief, Social Death, Palliative Care, Normativity, Anticipation and Euthanasia
2012 Review on: Weathering the World: Recovery in the Wake of the Tsunami in a Tamil Fishing Village. Frida Hastrup. Berghahn Books, 2011. In Anthropology in Action Vol. 19 (3), p. 67-8.
2012 Review on: The Women’s suffrage Movement and Feminism in Argentina from Roca to Perón. Gregory Hammond. University of New Mexico Press, 2011. In Women's Studies International Forum 35, p. 123.
Master Gender and Ethnicity. Utrecht University.
Thesis: A politics of bereavement: Women's narratives of continuing bonds in a post dictatorial Argentine society.
- Coordinator of the Medical Anthropology Young Scholars association (MAYS)
- Treasurer and Board member of the Dutch Feminist Anthropology Association (LOVA)
- Lemos Dekker, N., Gysels, M., & van der Steen, J. T. (2018). Professional caregivers' experiences with the Liverpool Care Pathway in dementia: An ethnographic study in a Dutch nursing home. Palliative & Supportive Care, 16(4), 479-486. DOI: 10.1017/S1478951517000645 [details]
- Dekker, N. L. (2018). Moral frames for lives worth living: Managing the end of life with dementia. Death Studies, 42(5), 322-328. DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1396644 [details]
- van der Steen, J. T., Lemos Dekker, N., Gijsberts, M-JHE., Vermeulen, L. H., Mahler, M. M., & The, BA-M. (2017). Palliative care for people with dementia in the terminal phase: a mixed-methods qualitative study to inform service development. BMC Palliative Care, 16(28), 1-14. DOI: 10.1186/s12904-017-0201-4 [details]
- Driessen, A., Vermeulen, L., Hoppe, S., Lemos Dekker, N., van den Buuse, S., & Smit, M. (2015). Meer oog voor zorg: Ambiguïteiten en kwetsbaarheden in de participatie in zorg voor mensen met dementia. Podium voor Bio-ethiek, 22(2), 14-16. [details]
- Lemos Dekker, N. (Author). (2018). “I do want euthanasia, but not now.” Timing a request for euthanasia with dementia in the Netherlands. Web publication/site, Somatosphere.Retrieved from http://somatosphere.net/2018/09/i-do-want-euthanasia-but-not-now-timing-a-request-for-euthanasia-with-dementia-in-the-netherlands.html [details]
- Vermeulen, L. H., Driessen, A. E., Lemos Dekker, N., Roding, E., Hoppe, S. C., van den Buuse, S., ... Pols, A. J. (2017). Goed leven met dementie. Hoe doen we dat? In B. A. M. The, J. Pols, & R. Pool (Eds.), Goed leven met dementie. Dialoog tussen wetenschap en praktijk Bohn Stafleu Van Loghum.
- Ahlin, T. (Author), Driessen, A. (Author), Lemos Dekker, N. (Author), & Schühle, J. (Author). (2015). 6th Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) annual conference. Web publication/site, Medicine Anthropology Theory.Retrieved from http://medanthrotheory.org/read/5508/6th-mays-annual-conference [details]