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, pp507-24.

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

Nwabueze, R. 2010

‘Securing widows’ sepulchral rights through the Nigerian constitution’, Havard Human Rights Journal, 23:1, 141-156.

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.

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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