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A Reasonable Grief - discursive constructions of grief in a public conversation on raising the shipwrecked M/MS Estonia
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5296-6275
2003 (English)In: Mortality statistics. Cause, ISSN 0265-9670, Vol. 8, no 4, 325-341 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper employs a debate in Swedish newspapers regarding the fate of the corpses from the shipwrecked M/S (motor-ship) Estonia as a case study, in order to demonstrate how different discourses on grief construct a normative way of mourning. The theoretical vantage point is a discursive perspective on grief where different discourses are regarded as resources and limitations for how to express and make sense of bereavement. It maintains that what are to be considered as normal or deviant are social and cultural constructions, not ontological facts to detect. The analysis demonstrates a notion of normal grief as grief work that moves through a process from emotional reaction to rational reflection, and in which ritual practices play an important part. The study illustrates how negotiations regarding grief and mourning draw on different discourses. It also elucidates how a specific notion of grief is constructed as normal and legitimate, at the same time as other manifestations of grief are made abnormal and deviant.

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2003. Vol. 8, no 4, 325-341 p.
Keyword [en]
grief, discourse analysis, raising, M/S Estonia, news paper discourse
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23158Local ID: 2562OAI: diva2:243472
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2015-04-01

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