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  • Copyright: 2011-08-05
  • Publisher: Temple Univ Pr
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When it comes to the end of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, or even a national tragedy, we are often told we need "closure." But while some people do find closure for their pain and grief, many more feel that closure does not exist and believe the notion only encourages false hopes. Sociologist Nancy Berns explores these ideas and their ramifications in her timely book, Closure.Berns uncovers the various interpretations and contradictory meanings of closure. She identifies six types of "closure talk," revealing closure as a socially constructed concept-a "new emotion." Berns explores how closure has been applied widely in popular media and how the idea has been appropriated as a political tool and to sell products and services.This book explains how the push for closure-whether we find it helpful, engaging, or enraging-is changing our society.

Author Biography

Nancy Berns is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Drake University in Des Moines. Her teaching and research interests are in areas of grief, death, violence, justice, and social constructionism. She is the author of Framing the Victim: Domestic Violence, Media and Social Problems. Visit her online at www.nancyberns.com.

Table of Contents

Preface: My Own Tangled Storyp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Seeking Closurep. 1
Closure and Its Tangled Meaningsp. 16
The Walking Wounded and Myth Slayers: Those Who Say There Is No Closurep. 30
From Embalming to Teddy Bear Urns: Selling Closure in the Twenty-First-Century Death Care Industryp. 54
The Assurance Business: Creating Worry and Selling Closurep. 77
Bury the Jerk: Symbolic Death and Mock Vengeance as Relationship Advicep. 101
Should You Watch an Execution or Forgive a Murderer? Closure Talk and Death Penalty Politicsp. 116
Forgetting versus Remembering: Politics of Mourning, Sacred Space, and Public Memoryp. 140
Framing Grief beyond Closurep. 161
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 209
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