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On Bereavement: The Culture of Grief / Edition 1

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Overview

This book looks at the social position of the bereaved. They find themselves cuaght between the living and the dead, sometimes searching for guidelines in a de-ritualized society that has few to offer, sometimes finding their grief inappropriately pathologized and policed. At its best, bereavement care offers reassurance, validation and freedom to talk where the client has previously encountered judgmentalism." "In this unique book, Tony Walter applies sociological insights to one of the most personal of human situations. On Bereavement is aimed at students on medical, nursing, counselling and social work courses that include bereavement as a topic. It will also appeal to sociology students with an interest in death, dying and mortality.

Disc. social position of the bereaved; ritual; reassurance, validation, freedom to talk, other clinical issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335200801
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Facing Death Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Prologue 1
Pt. I Living with the dead 17
1 Other places, other times 23
2 War, peace and the dead: twentieth-century popular culture 39
3 Private bonds 56
4 Public bonds: the dead in everyday conversation 69
5 The last chapter 84
6 Theories 103
Pt. II Policing grief 117
7 Guidelines for grief: historical background 127
8 Popular guidelines: the English case 138
9 Expert guidelines: clinical lore 154
10 Vive la difference? The politics of gender 168
11 Bereavement care 185
12 Conclusion: integration, regulation and postmodernism 205
References 209
Index 225
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