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talad jan 20 - Archaeologist Looks at Death January 20,...

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Archaeologist Looks at Death 1/6/11 12:30 PM January 20, 2011 - Robert Hertz (1882-1915) – French Sociologist - studied most extreme deathway examples (Borneo); Determined 8 observations (continued) 4. Death is a “tear” in the fabric of society o A loss to the social collective of the person o Extinction of a social figure (parent, employee, etc) o Reduces loved ones, too (social, psychological “amputation”) ! Turns them into “mourners” (e.g., spouse " widow) o Social, emotional, legal roles of dead need to be adjusted, re- allocated ! How? – Deathways acknowledged ways of repairing tear of fabric of society, provided mark of separation from social role and reestablishment of social relationships # Disaggregation – removal of deceased from society followed by period of adjustment for dead and loved ones # Re-establishment of social order, often represented by secondary deathways, emphasis on family ties 5. Scale of funerary ceremony reflect scale of the “tear” in the fabric of society (and the extent of the social loss)
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2011 for the course ANTH 0538 taught by Professor Bermann during the Spring '11 term at Pittsburgh.

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