Disrupting the Rituals of Grief: Conflict, Covid-19 and the Fracturing of Funerary Tradition
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AbstractThis chapter considers the disruption of the funerary ritual during the Covid-19 pandemic and reflects on the connections between these disruptions and state intervention in funerary practice during the Second World War. Through an analysis of how such intervention has occurred, and the language of sacrifice that has been evoked in both instances, it will be suggested that the fracturing of the formal rituals of death and commemoration has not only led to complicated grief amongst individuals, but that it could also result in long- term societal trauma.
CitationCritchell. K. (2021). Disrupting the rituals of grief: Conflict, Covid-19 and the fracturing of funerary tradition. In J. Pettit (Ed.), Covid-19, the Second World War, and the Idea of Britishness (pp. 217-246). Peter Lang.
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript that has been published in [Covid-19, the Second World War, and the Idea of Britishness] edited by [Joanne Pettitt] in the series [British Identities since 1707]. The original work can be found at: [https://doi.org/10.3726/b17562]. © [copyright holder (in most cases this Peter Lang AG), 2021]. All rights reserved.
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