Indigent/pauper funerals

Bodel, J. 2000

‘Dealing with the dead: undertakers, executioners and potter’s fields in ancient Rome’, in V. Hope & E. Marshall (eds) Death and Disease in the Ancient City, London: Routledge, 128-151.

Bray, R.S. 2023

‘Carceral archipelago and gulag of grief: Hart Island’, in J. Michael Ryan (ed.) Covid-19: Surviving a Pandemic, London: Routledge, 46-56.

Bregman, L 2021

Funeral for a homeless vagrant? Religious and social margins’, Religions 12:1, 30.

Caswell, G. 2019

‘Local authority funerals in early 21st century Scotland’, in P.J. Jupp and H. Grainger (eds) Death in Scotland: Chapters from the Twelfth Century to the Twenty-First, Edinurgh: Peter Lang, 299-320.

Dennie, G. 2009

‘The standard of dying: race, indigence, and the disposal of the dead body in Johannesburg, 1886-1960’, African Studies, 63: 3, 310-330.

Denyer Willis, G. 2018

‘The potter’s field’, Comparative Studies in History and Society, 60:3, 539-568.

Drybread, K. 2013

‘Social life and the deaths of Brazilian street children’, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthrpology, 18:2, 212-230.

Gijbels, J. 2018

‘Reassessing the pauper burial: the disposal of corpses in nineteenth-century Brussels’, Mortality, 23:2, 184-198.

Gopp, A. 2007

‘Ritualizing with the poor: the potters’ field memorial service’, Liturgy, 23:1, 15-19.

Guffanti, L. 2015

‘Volunteers and the French pauper burial: do it yourself?’ Mortality, 20:1, 67-82.

Henriot, C. 2009

“Invisible deaths, silent deaths”: “bodies without masters” in Republican Shanghai’, Journal of Social History, 43:2, 407-37.

Hurren, E. & King, S. 2005

“Begging for a burial”: form, function and conflict in nineteenth-century pauper burial’, Social History, 30, 3, 321-341.

King, S. 2022

‘Remembering the dead poor in the Midlands, 1750s to 1880s’, Midland History, 47:3, 292-312.

Laqueur, T. 1983

‘Bodies, death and pauper funerals’, Representations, 1, 109-31.

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.

Raudon, S. 2022

‘Huddled masses: the shock of Hart Island, New York’, Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8:1, 84-101.

Richardson, R. 1987

Death, Dissection and the Destitute, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.

Sheppard-Simms, E. 2016

‘Islands of the abject: absence, trauma and memory in the cemetery island’, Heritage of Violence, 4:1, Article 2.

Strange, J-M. 2003

‘Only a pauper whom nobody owns: reassessing the pauper grave, c. 1880-1914’, Past and Present, 178, 148-175.

Thompson, P. & Yeung, P. 2015

‘Is a funeral a right? Exploring indigent funerals from social work perspectives’, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 27:1&2, 73-86.


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