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By David Field, Jenny Hockey, Neil Small

Death, Gender and Ethnicity examines the ways that gender and ethnicity form the reports of death and bereavement, taking as its concentration the range of the way by which the common occasion of dying is encountered. It brings jointly bills of ways those stories are literally controlled with analyses of more than a few representations of demise and grieving with a view to offer a extra theoretical method of the connection among dying, gender and ethnicity.
although demise and demise were an more and more very important concentration for teachers and clinicians during the last thirty years, a lot of this paintings offers little perception into the effect of gender and ethnicity at the adventure. the result's frequently a universalising illustration which fails to take account of the individually precise and culturally particular studies linked to a loss of life. Drawing on a variety of particular case reviews, Death, Gender and Ethnicity develops a extra delicate theoretical strategy to be able to be worthwhile analyzing for college kids and practitioners in wellbeing and fitness stories, sociology, social paintings and scientific anthropology.

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G. Henley 1987). g. Firth 1993b, Neuberger 1993). Irish and colleagues (1993) have produced similar material exploring variations between selected ethnic groups in the USA, supplemented by the reflections of professional practitioners. Despite the good intentions and undoubted benefits of the use of such material there are also significant disadvantages resulting from the way such information is used, as Gunaratnam argues in this volume. While ethnicity, like gender, is an important source of identity which must be recognised and respected by those working with dying people there is little consensus about how to carry this insight into practice.

On occasion, the lifestyles of minority ethnic communities have been portrayed as irrational, ‘exotic’ or inferior. The implication is that minority communities should solve their problems by adopting ‘rational’ and ‘sensible western’ modes of behaviour. Indeed, a number of health education campaigns have been launched along just these lines. This view fails to recognise the racist stereotypes sometimes incorporated in health services and neglects material deprivation as a source of health problems.

Should be encouraged to salvage everything they can from the experience . . by contrast . . people should not be pushed into magnifying miscarriage (common, one in three or four pregnancies) into tragedies. (1991: 1167–8) While fully agreeing that nobody should be pushed and acknowledging that individuals react in differing ways to miscarriage, it is essential to allow people’s experiences to be fully acknowledged. The frequency of the occurrence is not particularly comforting and this observation coming from male, medical professionals can feel insulting and irrelevant.

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