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By Susan Smart

A greater position describes the practices round demise and burial in 19th-century Ontario. Funeral rituals, powerful non secular ideals, and a company conviction that demise was once a starting now not an finish helped the bereaved via their instances of loss in a century the place demise was once regularly shut at hand.

The booklet describes the pioneer funeral intimately in addition to the criteria that modified this straightforward funeral into the flowery etiquette-driven Victorian funeral on the finish of the century. It contains the assets of varied funeral customs, together with the origins of embalming that gave upward thrust to the modern day funeral parlour. The evolution of cemeteries is defined with the beginnings of cemeteries in particular cities given as examples.

An knowing of those altering burial rites, a lot of which would look unusual to us at the present time, is beneficial for the relatives historian. furthermore, the e-book comprises sensible feedback for locating dying and burial files during the century.

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Interestingly, Jahoda’s (1988: 196) assertion that the notion of collective The study. of death 25 representations is ‘valuable for anthropologists concerned with small-scale homogeneous cultures’ may also apply to the social scientist exploring aspects of culture in the global village of the twenty-first century. Summary and conclusion In this chapter I have sought to find a way of understanding contemporary British death practices from a social psychological perspective. In order to avoid the pitfall of placing findings in an atheoretical sub-specialism called ‘the social psychology of death’ (see Mellor 1993; Bauman 1992a), I am making use of the theory of social representations, established by Moscovici, and the work of Mead and of Goffman.

However, I have decided to describe these under a separate heading as there were certain differences in the way in which I chose subjects and the ways in which I conducted the interviews. Researching death 37 Most importantly, these interviews were very different because I was not talking to deathwork professionals, for whom death was safely abstracted, but to people who had lost someone they loved. The twelve women who spoke to me told me stories of loss that were intimate, touching, even humorous at times.

This relatively new theory, founded by Moscovici (1984a), hails from France. It provides us with the exciting opportunity of reintroducing culture to the discipline of psychology. The theory of social representations They do not represent simply ‘opinions about’, ‘images of or ‘attitudes towards’ but ‘theories’ or ‘branches of knowledge’ in their own right, for the discovery and organisation of reality . . Systems of values, ideas and practices with a twofold function; first, to establish an order which will enable individuals to orientate themselves in their material and social world and to master it; secondly, to enable communication to take place among members of a community by providing them with a code for social exchange and a code for naming and classifying unambiguously the various aspects of their world and their individual and group history.

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