Contemporary practices: South Africa

Bähre, C. 2007

‘Reluctant solidarity: death, urban poverty and neighbourly assistance in South Africa’, Ethnography, 8:1, 33-59.

Case, A., Garrib, A., Menendez, A. & Olgiati, A. 2013

‘Paying the piper: the high cost of funerals in South Africa’, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 61:1, 1-20.

Lee, R. 2011

‘“On the move”: funerals, entrepreneurs and the rural-urban nexus in South Africa’, Africa, 81:2, 226-247.

Martin, J., van Wijk, C. & Hans-Arendse, C. 2013

‘“Missing in action”: the significance of bodies in African bereavement rituals’, Psychology in Society, 44, 42-63.

Molyneux, C. 2001

‘Changing attitudes to funeral customs in the new South Africa’, Mortality, 6:2, 125-126.

Ngubane S. 2012

‘Death and burial practices in contemporary Zulu culture’, Mankind Quarterly, 53:1, 91–109.


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