Representations of Death: A Social Psychological Perspective

Hardcover | November 30, 1999

byMary BradburyEditorMary Bradbury

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Drawing upon a rare and highly original ethnography of contemporary mortuary practices,Representations of Deathtakes the reader through the medical, bureaucratic, commercial and ritual aspects of death Going behind the scenes at hospitals, funeral parlours, crematoria and cemeteries, as well as holding poignant, in-depth interviews with bereaved women, Bradbury has been able to illuminate the very different perspectives of the deathwork professional and the grieving relative. Illustrated with stunning photographs, this fascinating book makes a significant contribution to the growing literature in death studies.

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If a death is sudden, loved ones want to re-assure themselves that the suffering was minimal, but if the death is long and lingering, they may feel the need to attest to the victim’s strength and determination in the face of it all. Mary Bradbury examines death through the eyes of family, doctors and morticians and discusses the practi...

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Drawing upon a rare and highly original ethnography of contemporary mortuary practices,Representations of Deathtakes the reader through the medical, bureaucratic, commercial and ritual aspects of death Going behind the scenes at hospitals, funeral parlours, crematoria and cemeteries, as well as holding poignant, in-depth interviews wit...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.8 inPublished:November 30, 1999Publisher:RoutledgeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415150213

ISBN - 13:9780415150217

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If a death is sudden, loved ones want to re-assure themselves that the suffering was minimal, but if the death is long and lingering, they may feel the need to attest to the victim’s strength and determination in the face of it all. Mary Bradbury examines death through the eyes of family, doctors and morticians and discusses the practices and rituals human beings have developed to cope with loss in Representations of Death.