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Grief narratives: The role of medicine in the policing of grief


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Walter, T., 2000. Grief narratives: The role of medicine in the policing of grief. Anthropology & Medicine, 7 (1), pp. 97-114.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/136484700109377

    Abstract

    Drawing largely on already published literature, this article examines the hypothesis, derived from Frank, that the current proliferation of first-person accounts of grief represents an attempt by mourners to recover their voice in the face of grief's medicalisation. The extent of medicine's colonisation of grief is found to be limited. Though some mourners make a point of rejecting semi-psychiatric terms, others use such terms to structure their accounts of grief. A broader analysis shows that the policing of grief often occurs without reference to medical terminology and in several arenas outside the medical: in a patriarchal and controlling general culture, in family dynamics, and in counselling and mutual-help groups. Three issues are looked at in some detail: the role of women's liberation in allowing more expressive and personalised grief talk, the suppression of grief talk in the cause of retaining emotional equilibrium within the family, and the exclusion by mutual-help groups of some accounts even as they include others. Resistance is directed as much to face-to-face policing in families and other groups as to grief's medicalistion.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsWalter, T.
    DOI10.1080/136484700109377
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Publisher StatementWalter_AnthropMed_2000_7_1_97.pdf: This is an electronic version of an article published in: Walter, T., 2000. Grief narratives: The role of medicine in the policing of grief. Anthropology & Medicine, 7 (1), pp. 97-114. Anthropology & Medicine is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1364%2d8470&volume=7&issue=1&spage=97; Walter_AnthropMed_2000_7_1_97.doc: This is an electronic version of an article published in: Walter, T., 2000. Grief narratives: The role of medicine in the policing of grief. Anthropology & Medicine, 7 (1), pp. 97-114. Anthropology & Medicine is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1364%2d8470&volume=7&issue=1&spage=97
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code19469

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