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The Domestication of Death: the sequestration thesis and domestic figuration

Stanley, Liz and Wise, Sue (2011) The Domestication of Death: the sequestration thesis and domestic figuration. Sociology, 45 (6). pp. 947-962. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

Sociological work on the sequestration of death has taken on some canonical qualities, while secondary discussion has not recognized interesting divergences within it. While drawing on Giddens (1991) provides useful ideas, the work of Elias (1983, 1985, 1994) is an especially helpful means of historicizing, contextualizing and theorizing domestic figuration and its role in responding to the threatening ‘otherness’ of death. Case studies concerning the domestication of death and its ritualized practices are discussed, including representations of the ineffable ‘moment’ of death. Following Elias, a fully-articulated theorization of death needs to be grounded, historicized, comparative; to explore such matters through the lens of domestic figuration; and to deal with the ontological and epistemological issues raised by death with which the bereaved necessarily have to deal.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: domestication of death ; domestic figuration ; sequestration thesis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 55429
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 27 Jun 2012 14:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 17:30
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55429

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