The chapters of this book analyse different aspects of the management of death, dying and mortality by migrants in Southern Europe, by deconstructing persistent idiosyncratic beliefs, myths, narratives, silences, and constraints. It focuses on migrants from diverse geographical (Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Brazil, Bangladesh and China) and cultural backgrounds in Portugal, Spain and Italy. It also includes reflections on Madagascar, East-Timor and Cuba. The thirteen chapters divided into four parts provide insights into epistemological issues, the trans-national circulation of bodies, spirits and rituals, migration, the placing of the dead and diverse funerary practices and perspectives. Privileging a multidisciplinary and multi-sited approach to death and migrations, this book draws on oral, archival and published sources to give visibility to populations that often live in liminar structural positions and transient worlds. By exploring the multifaceted dimensions of death and suffering among immigrant populations, the present volume refocuses the debate on migration in Europe and beyond by highlighting under-researched issues such as the end of life care, mental health, death, burial, cremation, funerary ceremonies and symbols, and martyrdom. Finally, it reveals the complex processes that connect notions of the “good” and “bad” death and burial, and notions regarding home and belonging in contexts of trans-national mobility.
|Place of Publication||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Number of pages||273|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2018|