Palliative care history: a ritual process

Clark, D. (2000) Palliative care history: a ritual process. European Journal of Palliative Care, 7(2), pp. 50-55.

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At the beginning of the 19th century, the French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep described the rites of passage which accompany aspects of our daily lives. Each ritual, he argued, has three phases: separation, transition and incorporation. Their special features assist in the journey from one social state to another. More recently, these ideas have expanded to the analysis of social movements and provide a useful way of looking at the history of palliative care. They tell us something about the rituals and transformations accompanying the development of terminal and palliative care and give some indication about directions in the future.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Clark, Professor David
Authors: Clark, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:European Journal of Palliative Care
Publisher:Hayward Medical Communications Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1479-0793

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