The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Making Sense of Family Deaths in Urban Senegal: Diversities, Contexts, and Comparisons

McCarthy, Jane Ribbens; Evans, Ruth; Bowlby, Sophie and Wouango, Joséphine (2018). Making Sense of Family Deaths in Urban Senegal: Diversities, Contexts, and Comparisons. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying (Early Access).

Full text available as:
[img]
Preview
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (349kB) | Preview
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222818805351
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author(s)
ISSN: 0030-2228
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Death in the family in urban SenegalRPG-2013-336 (2014-16)Leverhulme Trust
Keywords: family deaths; Africa, materiality; emotions; Islam
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Citizenship and Governance
Item ID: 57342
Depositing User: Jane Ribbens McCarthy
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 21:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/57342
Share this page:

Metrics

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU