Death And Its Effects On Society

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The sequestration of death thesis examines the theory that death has become hidden away in society. Aries (1981) suggests that death in pre-modern society was often seen as a family occasion whereas now it has been privatised to hospital wards and professionals. Therefore it is seen that medicalization, secularisation and individualisation all refer to the process in which death has become sequestrated. (Hockey, Katz and Small 2001)
Aries (1981) sees that death in modern society has become isolated from the public sphere. There has been a decline in the social acceptability of public expressions of grief and as a result see community aspects of death. This sequestration has led to death being seen as a professional procedure rather than an aspect of community involvement and ritual as it was in pre-modern society. Scale (1998:3) believes this sequestration is the “hiding away” of death and morality in modernity. This is seen to be due to the loss of community due to increased individualisation. As Beck (1992) determines that in post-modernity social changes have led individuals to construct their own lives and move away from community led lifestyles. Thus Aries (1974) determined that during pre-modernity a person’s death was a public ceremony. The dying’s bedchamber would transform into a public space to be entered freely. It was then due to doctor’s complaints that by the 18th century deathbeds became less crowded. Hence the different attitudes towards death from tribal,…
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