On bereavement : the culture of grief

Tony Walter

'Insightful and refreshing.' - Professor Dennis Klass, Webster University Religion Department, St. Louis, USA 'A tour de force.' - Dr Colin Murray Parkes, OBE, MD, FRCPsych, President of CRUSE Some societies and some individuals find a place for their dead, others leave them behind. In recent years, researchers, professionals and bereaved people themselves have struggled with this. Should the bond with the dead be continued or broken? What is clear is that the grieving individual is not left in a social vacuum but has to struggle with expectations from self, family, friends, professionals and academic theorists. This ground-breaking book looks at the social position of the bereaved. They find themselves caught 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 pathologised 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.

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  • Series editor's preface Introduction Part one: Living with the dead Other places, other times War, peace and the dead twentieth century popular culture Private bonds Public bonds the dead in everyday conversation The last chapter Theories Part two: Policing grief Guidelines for grief historical background Popular guidelines the English case Expert guidelines clinical lore Vive la difference? the politics of gender Bereavement care Conclusion integration, regulation and postmodernism References Index.

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書名 On bereavement : the culture of grief
著作者等 Walter, J. A.
Walter Tony
シリーズ名 Facing death
出版元 Open University Press
刊行年月 1999
ページ数 xviii, 232 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0335200818
NCID BA44871243
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス