Seok Joo Youn

Graduate Student of Sociocultural Anthropology


Seok Joo Youn is a Ph.D. student in Sociocultural Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on end-of-life care problems, hospice and palliative care, graying, and intergenerational family care in Asian communities. Her recent research, Hospital Ethnography on Catholic Hospice Palliative Care, was supported by the Seoul National University Fund and the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean government. She examined the culture of death created by hospice team members in palliative care as an alternative path of hospital death in terms of space, relationship, practice, and discourse by examining the case of the palliative care ward at a Catholic medical institution in Seoul. She continues studying end-of-life care issues at the palliative care ward to explore how hospitals, as frequent places of death for Koreans today, deal with and manage death.

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
  • CB 1114
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis MO 63130

research interests:

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Death and Dying
  • Elderly Care
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Hospital Ethnography
  • Intergenerational Care
  • Kinship
  • Mourning and Grieving
  • South Korea
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