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Culture, death and dying with dignity

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Edited by Ruth McManus, Glennys Howarth, Cyril Schafer and Sheila Harper

Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-921729-86-7
Pages: ii+82


The purpose of this special issue of Health Sociology Review is to consider new debates in sociology regarding 'what does it mean to die with dignity' in light of changing healthcare demands and diverse customary and historical practices.

To a large extent sociological perspectives have been marginalised and the field has been left for psychology and health sciences to dominate debate. There has been little discussion from sociology about wider social forces shaping healthcare demands and capabilities or the complex impacts of diverse customary and historical practices.

The editors of this issue of Health Sociology Review open up the conversation so that a variety of perspectives in sociology can begin to be heard in the wider debate.

This special issue includes sociologically informed theoretical and empirical papers addressing topics such as:

  • Appropriate Palliative care (accessibility and acceptability)
  • What is a good death
  • Places of death
  • Methodology in death and dying social research

Table of Contents

Editorial: Culture, death and dying with dignity
– Ruth McManus

Bringing our dying home: How caring for someone at end of life builds social capital and develops compassionate communities
– Debbie Horsfall, Kerrie Noonan and Rosemary Leonard

Kurunpa: Keeping spirit on country
– Nerelle Constance Poroch

Emotions and the research interview: What hospice workers can teach us
– Cindy L Cain

‘You can name her’: Ritualised grieving by an Australian woman for her stillborn twin
– John P Rosenberg

Death and grief on-line: Virtual memorialization and changing concepts of childhood death and parental bereavement on the Internet
– Lisa M Mitchell, Peter H Stephenson, Susan Cadell and Mary Ellen Macdonald

Tragic heroes, moral guides and activists: Representations of maternal grief, child death and tragedy in Australian newspapers
– Roslyn Weaver and Debra Jackson

Death, working-class culture and social distinction
– Steve Conway

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