...that the social order prevails: death, ritual and the 'Roman' nurse

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Title ...that the social order prevails: death, ritual and the 'Roman' nurse
Author Goopy, Suzanne
Journal Name Nursing Inquiry
Editor Sioban Nelson
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract In this article, the importance of ritual as a collective response to death is discussed. A case example, taken from a larger ethnographic study, is used to explore the responses and reactions of a group of Italian nurses to death as it occurs within an intensive care unit in Rome, Italy. The material presented is used to analyse the significance of cultural, religious and social beliefs and quasi-beliefs can have in nursing practice. The issues highlighted in this examination of the place of ritual in death are located and discussed within their highly specific cultural context and suggest that, where emphasis remains on nurses as a collective rather than on the individual nurse, ritual acts to ensure that social and moral order prevails.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 13
Issue Number 2
Page from 110
Page to 117
ISSN 1320-7881
Date Accessioned 2007-03-15
Date Available 2007-08-07T04:42:00Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Social and Cultural Anthropology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/14128
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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