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Making Sense of Family Deaths in Urban Senegal: Diversities, Contexts, and Comparisons
McCarthy, Jane Ribbens; Evans, Ruth; Bowlby, Sophie et al.
2018In Omega: Journal of Death and Dying
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Keywords :
Africa; Islam
Abstract :
[en] Despite calls for cross-cultural research, Minority world perspectives still dominate death and bereavement studies, emphasizing individualized emotions and neglecting contextual diversities. In research concerned with contemporary African societies, on the other hand, death and loss are generally subsumed within concerns about AIDS or poverty, with little attention paid to the emotional and personal significance of a death. Here, we draw on interactionist sociology to present major themes from a qualitative study of family deaths in urban Senegal, theoretically framed through the duality of meanings-in-context. Such themes included family and community as support and motivation; religious beliefs and practices as frameworks for solace and (regulatory) meaning; and material circumstances as these are intrinsically bound up with emotions. Although we identify the experience of (embodied, emotional) pain as a common response across Minority and Majority worlds, we also explore significant divergencies, varying according to localized contexts and broader power dynamics.
Disciplines :
Human geography & demography
Author, co-author :
McCarthy, Jane Ribbens;  University of Reading, UK
Evans, Ruth;  Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Bowlby, Sophie;  University of Reading, UK
Wouango, Joséphine  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Département des sciences sociales
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Title :
Making Sense of Family Deaths in Urban Senegal: Diversities, Contexts, and Comparisons
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Journal title :
Omega: Journal of Death and Dying
Publisher :
SAGE Publications Inc.
Peer reviewed :
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