Death, Gender and Ethnicity by David Field, Jenny Hockey, Neil Small

By David Field, Jenny Hockey, Neil Small

Death, Gender and Ethnicity examines the ways that gender and ethnicity form the reports of loss of life and bereavement, taking as its concentration the range of the way by which the common occasion of dying is encountered. It brings jointly money owed of the way those reviews are literally controlled with analyses of a variety of representations of loss of life and grieving with a view to offer a extra theoretical method of the connection among dying, gender and ethnicity. although dying and loss of life were an more and more very important concentration for lecturers and clinicians over the past thirty years, a lot of this paintings offers little perception into the effect of gender and ethnicity at the event. the result's frequently a universalising illustration which fails to take account of the in my opinion specific and culturally particular reports linked to a demise. Drawing on a number of specific case stories, Death, Gender and Ethnicity develops a extra delicate theoretical method with a purpose to be beneficial examining for college students and practitioners in overall healthiness experiences, sociology, social paintings and clinical anthropology.

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Firth 1993b, Neuberger 1993). Irish and colleagues (1993) have produced similar material exploring variations between selected ethnic groups in the USA, supplemented by the reflections of professional practitioners. Despite the good intentions and undoubted benefits of the use of such material there are also significant disadvantages resulting from the way such information is used, as Gunaratnam argues in this volume. While ethnicity, like gender, is an important source of identity which must be recognised and respected by those working with dying people there is little consensus about how to carry this insight into practice.

Irish and colleagues (1993) have produced similar material exploring variations between selected ethnic groups in the USA, supplemented by the reflections of professional practitioners. Despite the good intentions and undoubted benefits of the use of such material there are also significant disadvantages resulting from the way such information is used, as Gunaratnam argues in this volume. While ethnicity, like gender, is an important source of identity which must be recognised and respected by those working with dying people there is little consensus about how to carry this insight into practice.

He also disputes the view that a new public discourse, that of medicine, has taken over from the old Death at the beginning of life 35 authority of religion (Walter et al. 1995). As well as suggesting that there has been a revival of death, and acting as something of an advocate of this revival, Walter (1994) argues that although death may be privately absent, it is publicly present. He pinpoints the mass media as the arena where it is very public and provides a series of examples in films and on television where death and dying are central themes.

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