Death, Grief and Poverty in Britain, 1870–1914

Death, Grief and Poverty in Britain, 1870–1914

4.11 - 1251 ratings - Source

With high mortality rates, it has been assumed that the poor in Victorian and Edwardian Britain did not mourn their dead. Contesting this approach, Julie-Marie Strange studies the expression of grief among the working class, demonstrating that poverty increased - rather than deadened - it. She illustrates the mourning practices of the working classes through chapters addressing care of the corpse, the funeral, the cemetery, commemoration, and high infant mortality rates. The 2005 book draws on a broad range of sources to analyse the feelings and behaviours of the labouring poor, using not only personal testimony but also fiction, journalism, and official reports. It concludes that poor people did not only use spoken or written words to express their grief, but also complex symbols, actions and, significantly, silence. This book will be an invaluable contribution to an important and neglected area of social and cultural history.Moving beyond a concern with the financial cost of the funeral, analysis can turn to the meanings inscribed on the burial service itself. For most, the burial service was inseparable from shared understandings of decent and customary interment anbsp;...

Title:Death, Grief and Poverty in Britain, 1870–1914
Author: Julie-Marie Strange
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2005-07-25

You must register with us as either a Registered User before you can Download this Book. You'll be greeted by a simple sign-up page.

Once you have finished the sign-up process, you will be redirected to your download Book page.

How it works:
  • 1. Register a free 1 month Trial Account.
  • 2. Download as many books as you like (Personal use)
  • 3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.

Click button below to register and download Ebook
Privacy Policy | Contact | DMCA