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Young people making meaning in response to death and bereavement

Ribbens McCarthy, Jane (2009). Young people making meaning in response to death and bereavement. In: Balk, David and Corr, Charles eds. Adolescent Encounters with Death, Bereavement and Coping. New York, USA: Springer Publications, pp. 21–38.

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Abstract

This chapter draws attention to crucial processes involved in making meaning when young people encounter death and other types of major losses in their lives. The chapter considers how the social sciences understand the meaning of 'meaning', pointing to a distinction between 'making sense of' or 'finding a purpose through' such life experiences. Using the notion of 'meanings-in-context', the discussion considers how culture and context are key features of these processes around the globe, as young people seek to make sense of their experiences in the circumstances of their lives. Material inequities and inequalities of power are also significant features of the wider context, as young people interpret their experiences and seek to make meaning of their encounters with death and loss.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2009 Ribbens McCarthy, Jane
ISBN: 0-8261-1073-8, 978-0-8261-1073-2
Keywords: young people; youth; bereavement; meanings; death
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 25627
Depositing User: Jane Ribbens McCarthy
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2010 14:12
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/25627
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