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Author Strange, Julie-Marie, 1973-

Title Death, grief and poverty in Britain, 1870-1914 / Julie-Marie Strange
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005


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 MELB  306.90941 Str/Dga  AVAILABLE
Description x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge social and cultural histories
Cambridge social and cultural histories.
Contents 1. Introduction : revisiting the Victorian and Edwardian celebration of death -- 2. Life, sickness and death -- 3. Caring for the corpse -- 4. The funeral -- 5. Only a pauper whom nobody owns : reassessing the pauper burial -- 6. Remembering the dead : the cemetery as a landscape for grief -- 7. Loss, memory and the management of feeling -- 8. Grieving for dead children -- 9. Epilogue : death, grief and the Great War
Summary "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 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."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Death -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
Bereavement -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
Poverty -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
LC no. 2005047099
ISBN 0521838576