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The Public and Private Management of Grief

Recovering Normal

Authors: Pearce, Caroline

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  • Illuminates the social construction of grief in contemporary UK using empirical study and a Foucauldian approach
    Analyses how grief is managed, through the example of bereavement counselling
    Problematises the notion of recovery and related discourses in terms of the norms and values promoted by neo-liberalism

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Through a critical analysis of theory, policy and practice, The Public and Private Management of Grief looks at how 'recovery' is the prevailing discourse that measures and frames how people grieve, and considers what happens when people 'fail' to recover. 


Pearce draws on in-depth interviews with bereaved people and a range of bereavement professionals, to contemplate how ‘failures’ to recover are socially perceived and acted upon. Grounded in Foucauldian theory, this book problematises the notion of recovery, and instead argues for the acknowledgment of the experience of ‘non-recovery,’ highlighting how recovery is a socially and historically constructed notion linked to the individualised vision of health and happiness promoted by neo-liberal governmentality. 


This book will be of interest to students and scholars across sociology, anthropology, social work and psychology with a focus on death, dying and bereavement, grief studies, health and social care, as well as counsellors, clinical psychologists and social workers.  


About the authors

Caroline Pearce is a research associate within the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences at King’s College London, UK


Reviews

“Drawing majestically on insights from the humanities and critical theory, psychology and the social sciences, Pearce demonstrates both the promises and the pitfalls of the ideal of recovering normal. This is the most interesting and important book on grief and bereavement to have appeared for many years. It will be read and cited for a long time to come.” (Arnar Árnason, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK, and co-editor of Mortality)

“Pearce problematises psychological theories of recovery to break new ground in arguing for ‘non-recovery’ as a valid position for bereaved people to inhabit. Drawing on the sociology of emotions, she applies the concept of ‘affective practices’ to theorise grief as embodied, relational, shifting and ambivalent. From this perspective non-recovery no longer represents an unproductive place of stuckness but one of dynamic movement.” (Christine Valentine, Research Fellow and member of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-17662-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-17661-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Public and Private Management of Grief
Book Subtitle
Recovering Normal
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17662-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17662-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17661-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 233
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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