Class and status

Brooks, C. 1989

‘Burying Tom Sayers: heroism, class and the Victorian cemetery’, Victorian Society Annual, 4-20.

Brooks, C. & Evans, D. 1993

‘Burial and the body politic: the building of Bartholomew Street Cemetery, Exeter’, Devon Buildings Group Research Papers, 1, 32-69.

Callan, P. 2017

‘“This cemetery is a treacherous place”. The appropriation of political, cultural and class ownership of Glasnevin Cemetery, 1832-1909’, Studi Irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies, 9:9, 251-270.

Cannon, A. 1989

‘The historical dimension in mortuary expressions of status and sentiment’, Current Anthropology, 30, 4, 437-58.

Clements, P. 2017

‘Highgate Cemetery heterotopia: a creative counterpublic space’, Space and Culture, 20:4, 470-484.

Conway, S. 2012

‘Death, working-class culture and social distinction’, Health Sociology Review, 21:4, 441-449.


Denk, C. 2005

‘Der “campo santo” Ludwigs I. in München: vom königlicken Gedächtnisprojekt zum Ort wirtshaftsbürgerlicher Repräsentation’ in C. Denk & J. Ziesemer (eds) Der Bürgerliche Tod: Städtische Bestattungskulture von der Aufklärung bis zum frühen 20. Jahrhundert, ICOMOS: Munich, 46-59.

Eldem, E. 2007

‘Urban voices from beyond: identity, status and social strategies in Ottoman Muslim funerary epitaphs of Istanbul (1700‐1850)’, in V. Aksan and D. Goffman (eds.) The Early Modern Ottomans: Remapping the Empire, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 233– 255.

Herman, A. 2010

‘Death has a touch of class: society and space in Brookwood Cemetery, 1853-1903’, Journal of Historical Geography, 36:3, 405-422.

Jones, E. 2006

‘Politicizing the laboring body: working families, death, and burial in Winnipeg’s influenza epidemic, 1918-1919’, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 3:3, 57-75.

Kete, M. 2000

Sentimental Collaborations: Mourning and Middle-Class Identity in Nineteenth-Century America, Durham NC: Duke University Press.

Kleinberg, S. 1977

‘Death and the working class’, Journal of Popular Culture, 11, 193-210.


Laqueur, T. 1993

‘Cemeteries, religion and the culture of capitalism’, in J. Garnett & C.Matthew (eds) Revival and Religion since 1700, London: Hambleton Press, 183-200.

Lassère, M. 1995

‘Les pauvres et al mort en mileu urbain dans la France du XIXe siècle: funérailles et cimetières’, Revue d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, 42, 107-25.

Little, B., Lanphear, K. & Owsley, D. 1992

‘Mortuary display and status in a nineteenth-century Anglo-American cemetery in Manassas, Virginia’, American Antiquity, 57, 3, 397-418.

Mackie, N. 1988

‘The social aspects of funerary monuments in colonial Tidewater Virginia’, Material Culture, 20:2/3, 39-55.

Martin, A. 2021

‘“In this city of the dead”: Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery and middle-class aspiration’, Journal of Urban History, 47:5, 1050-1066.

Parker Pearson, M. 1982

‘Mortuary practices, society and ideology: an ethno-archaeological study’ in I. Hodder (ed.) Symbolic and Structural Archaeology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 99-113.

Paul, A. 2007

‘“No grave can hold my body down”: rituals of death and burial in Postcolonial Jamaica’, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 25, 142-162.

Poynter, R. & McGuire, R. 1991

‘The archaeology of inequality: material culture, domination and resistence’, in R. Poynter and R. McGuire (eds) The Archaeology of Inequality, Oxford: Blackwell, 1-27.


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