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The Labour of Loss : Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia - Joy Damousi

The Labour of Loss

Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1999
ISBN: 9780521660044
Number Of Pages: 222

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The Labour of Loss explores how mothers, fathers, widows, relatives and friends dealt with their experiences of grief and loss during and after the First and Second World Wars. Based on an examination of private loss through letters and diaries, it makes a significant contribution to understanding how people came to terms with the deaths of friends and family. The book considers the ways in which the bereaved dealt with grief psychologically, and analyses the social and cultural context within which they mourned their dead. Damousi shows that grief remained with people as they attempted to re-build an internal and external world without those to whom they had been so fundamentally attached. Unlike other studies in this area, The Labour of Loss considers how mourning affected men and women in different ways, and analyses the gendered dimensions of grief.

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' ... compelling ... The Labour of Loss offers a new perspective on the impact of twentieth-century warfare, because it engages seriously with the dimensions of grief and emotion experienced by soldiers and their families.' Kate Darian-Smith, The Times Literary Supplement 'This sensitive, though sometimes harrowing, study of the impact of war and the ensuring peace ... will surely have wide cross-disciplinary resonance.' The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... deserves the highest praise. Without ever sacrificing a formidable theoretical power, [Damousi] never forgets that this is an intensely human story. It is one of the best, perhaps the best, book of its kind.' English Historical Review '... scholarly and humane ...'. Grief Matters

The First World War War
Theatres of Grief, Theatres of Loss
The Sacrificial Mother
A Father's Loss
The War Widow and the Cost of Memory
Returned Limbless Soldiers: Identity through Loss
The Second World War
Absence as Loss on the Homefront and the Battlefront
Grieving Mothers
A War Widow's Mourning
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ISBN: 9780521660044
ISBN-10: 0521660041
Series: Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 28th June 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.48