Responses to Death, Care and Family Relations in Urban Senegal

Evans, Ruth; Ribbens McCarthy, Jane; Bowlby, Sophie; Wouango, Joséphine and Kébé, Fatou (2016). Responses to Death, Care and Family Relations in Urban Senegal. University of Reading, Reading.



This study provides the first in-depth understanding of responses to death, care and family relations in an urban West African context. The loss of a close adult relative is a significant life transition that almost everyone experiences at some point in the lifecourse and which may have a range of material, social and emotional consequences for children and families.
The research aimed to investigate the material and emotional significance of a death of a close adult relative for family members of different genders and generations in urban Senegal. It aimed to explore how the death of a close relative impacts on identities, caring relations and responsibilities among families of varying socio-economic status and diverse ethnicities (focusing on the three largest ethnic groups, Wolof, Hal Pulaaren and Serer) in two cities.

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