Rights and equality

Audebrand, L., & Barros, M. 2018

‘All equal in death? Fighting inequality in the contemporary funeral industry’, Organization Studies, 39:9, 1323-1343.

Bennett, D. 1994

‘Bury me in second class: contested symbols in a Greek cemetery’, Anthropological Quarterly, 67:3, 122-34.

Cann, C. 2020

‘Black Lives Matter earning the right to live: death and the African-American funeral home’, Religions, 11: 390, 1-15.

Drakeford, M. 1998

‘Last rights? Funerals, poverty and social exclusion’, Journal of Social Policy, 27, 4, 507-24.

Fan, J. & Zick, C. 2004

‘The economic burden of health care, funeral and burial expenditures at the end of life’, Journal of Consumer Affairs, 38: 1, 35-55.

Haneman, V. 2021

‘Funeral poverty’, University of Richmond Law Review, 55, 387-445.

Izunwa, M. 2016

‘Customary rights to a befitting burial: a jurisprudential appraisal of four Nigerian cultures’, Ogirisi: A New Journal of African Studies, 12, 122–145

Ramlakhan, P. 2020

‘The politics of death and mortuary ritual in Trinidadian Hinduism’, in C. Cann (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlife, London: Routledge, 96-109.

Robledo Silvestre, C. 2021

‘Necrogeografía de la guerra entre los panteones y las fosas de Sinaloa’, Historia y Grafía, 56, 171-194.

Rogers, K. 2005

‘Integrating the city of the dead: the integration of cemeteries and the evolution of property law, 1900–1969’, Alabama Law Review, 56:4,153–66.

Smith, D. 2004

‘Burials and belonging in Nigeria: rural/urban relations and social inequality in a contemporary African ritual’, American Anthropologist, 106:3, 569-79.

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.

Valentine, C. & Woodthorpe, K. 2014

‘From the cradle to the grave: funeral welfare from an international perspective’, Social Policy and Administration, 48:5, 515-536.


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