Closure The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs Us

ISBN-10: 1439905770

ISBN-13: 9781439905777

Edition: 2011

Authors: Nancy Berns
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Description: When it comes to the end of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, or even a national tragedy, we are often told we need "closure." But while some people do find closure for their pain and grief, many more feel that closure does not exist and believe the notion only encourages false hopes. Sociologist Nancy Berns explores these ideas and their ramifications in her timely book,Closure.Berns uncovers the various interpretations and contradictory meanings of closure. She identifies six types of "closure talk," revealing closure as a socially constructed concept—a "new emotion." Berns explores how closure has been applied widely in popular media and how the idea has been appropriated as a political tool and to sell products and services.This book explains how the push for closure—whether we find it helpful, engaging, or enraging—is changing our society.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 8/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Preface: My Own Tangled Story
Acknowledgments
Seeking Closure
Closure and Its Tangled Meanings
The Walking Wounded and Myth Slayers: Those Who Say There Is No Closure
From Embalming to Teddy Bear Urns: Selling Closure in the Twenty-First-Century Death Care Industry
The Assurance Business: Creating Worry and Selling Closure
Bury the Jerk: Symbolic Death and Mock Vengeance as Relationship Advice
Should You Watch an Execution or Forgive a Murderer? Closure Talk and Death Penalty Politics
Forgetting versus Remembering: Politics of Mourning, Sacred Space, and Public Memory
Framing Grief beyond Closure
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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