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The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia - Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare 7 (Paperback)
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The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia - Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare 7 (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 28/06/1999
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The Labour of Loss, first published in 1999, 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521669740
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
' ... 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

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