How continuing bonds have been framed across millennia


Walter, J., 2017. Forthcoming. How continuing bonds have been framed across millennia. In: Klass, D. and Steffen, E. M., eds. Continuing Bonds in Bereavement. London, U. K.: Routledge.

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Continuing bonds with the dead were first conceptualised in late 20c North America but have been detected in many cultures through history and even, arguably, in pre-history. Does this mean that CBs with the dead are universal, found if not among all individuals then recognisable in all cultures? Or are CBs a western concept that scholars have imposed onto their interpretation of other cultures? This paper identifies some frames within which CBs have been promoted and/or resisted, including: the dangerous dead, ancestors, monotheism, Buddhism, secular memory, and romantic love. Care cultures are contrasted with memory cultures. Frames allowing the deceased some kind of personal existence and thus a relationship with the living, are contrasted with frames allowing no such post-mortem existence; in this latter case, the dead exist through memory practices which allow a continuing bond but not a continuing relationship.


Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsWalter, J.
EditorsKlass, D.and Steffen, E. M.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
Research Centres & Institutes > Institute for Policy Research
Research CentresCentre for Death and Society
StatusIn Press
ID Code56453


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