Death, Gender and Ethnicity examines the ways in which gender and ethnicity shape the experiences of dying and bereavement, taking as its focus the diversity of ways through which the universal event of death is encountered. It brings together accounts of how these experiences are actually managed with analyses of a range of representations of dying and grieving in order to provide a more theoretical approach to the relationship between death, gender and ethnicity.
Though death and dying have been an increasingly important focus for academics and clinicians over the last thirty years, much of this work provides little insight into the impact of gender and ethnicity on the experience. The result is often a universalising representation which fails to take account of the personally unique and culturally specific experiences associated with a death. Drawing on a range of detailed case studies, Death, Gender and Ethnicity develops a more sensitive theoretical approach which will be invaluable reading for students and practitioners in health studies, sociology, social work and medical anthropology.

chapter 1|28 pages

Making sense of difference

Death, gender and ethnicity in modern Britain
ByDavid Field, Jenny Hockey, Neil Small

chapter 2|23 pages

Death at the beginning of life

ByAlice Lovell

chapter 3|24 pages

‘Shoring up the walls of heartache’

Parental responses to the death of a child
ByGordon Riches, Pamela Dawson

chapter 4|13 pages

Masculinity and loss

ByNeil Thompson

chapter 5|19 pages

Women in grief

Cultural representation and social practice
ByJenny Hockey

chapter 6|16 pages

Death and the transformation of gender in image and text

ByElizabeth Hallam

chapter 7|18 pages

Beauty and the Beast

Sex and death in the tabloid press
ByMike Pickering, Jane Littlewood, Tony Walter

chapter 8|24 pages

Absent minorities?

Ethnicity and the use of palliative care services
ByChris Smaje, David Field

chapter 9|21 pages

Culture is not enough: a critique of multi-culturalism in palliative care

A critique of multi-culturalism in palliative
ByYasmin Gunaratnam

chapter 10|15 pages

Death, gender and memory

Remembering loss and burial as a migrant
ByGerdien Jonker

chapter 11|20 pages

Death and difference

ByNeil Small