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La muerte en la cultura occidental: antropología de la muerte

La muerte en la cultura occidental: antropología de la muerte,Martha Ligia,Caycedo Bustos,Emily Dickinson

La muerte en la cultura occidental: antropología de la muerte  
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Background: Death appears to be a paradigmatic example of what could be called a "social fact". We know it takes place in a social context, in function of organizations, professional defi nitions of social roles, interactions and social meanings. The meaning of death is defi - ned socially and the nature of the funeral rituals, of bereavement and mourning refl ect the infl uence of the social context where they occur. So, different cultures tackle the problem in different ways. Objective: To refl ect on the meaning death has in contemporary western culture and analyze the process of mourning expressed in a rural community in contrast to what happens in an urban one. Method: Narrative review of the literature on the subject. Conclusion: It is necessary to take advantage of all the human capabilities: To cure when possible, to console and support when it is not, and to fi nd a meaning in all these expe-
Published in 2007.
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