The case for a sociology of dying, death, and bereavement

Neil Thompson, June Allan, Philip A. Carverhill, Gerry R. Cox, Betty Davies, Kenneth Doka, Leeat Granek, Darcy Harris, Andy Ho, Dennis Klass, Neil Small, Joachim Wittkowski

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Abstract

Dying, death, and bereavement do not occur in a social vacuum. How individuals and groups experience these phenomena will be largely influenced by the social context in which they occur. To develop an adequate understanding of dying, death, and bereavement we therefore need to incorporate a sociological perspective into our analysis. This article examines why a sociological perspective is necessary and explores various ways in which sociology can be of practical value in both intellectual and professional contexts. A case study comparing psychological and sociological perspectives is offered by way of illustration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-181
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2016

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