Oppression of the Bereaved: A Critical Analysis of Grief in Western Society

  title={Oppression of the Bereaved: A Critical Analysis of Grief in Western Society},
  author={Darcy L. Harris},
  journal={OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying},
  pages={241 - 253}
  • D. Harris
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying
Bereaved individuals often experience profound social pressure to conform to societal norms that constrict the experience of grief rather than support it. This article explores grief in Western society1 through an analysis of the underlying structures and values that are a part of this social system, utilizing the lens of critical theory. Critical theory examines social norms and conditions in order to identify and expose oppression in various contexts. This article examines the social rules… Expand
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