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Fateful moments and the discourses of grief

Ritchie, David 2004, Fateful moments and the discourses of grief, Grief matters, vol. 7, no. 1, Autumn, pp. 8-11.

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Title Fateful moments and the discourses of grief
Author(s) Ritchie, David
Journal name Grief matters
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Season Autumn
Start page 8
End page 11
Publisher Centre for Grief Education
Place of publication Clayton, Vic
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1440-6888
Summary This paper is concerned with the ways in which language functions in our making sense of death and loss, not only with the use of euphemisms for death, but also the wider discourses which frame meanings and understandings. Many bystanders and commentators on September 11, 2001, for example, likened the impact of the planes on the towers, and their subsequent collapse as “just like a movie ... I couldn’t believe it was happening”. From a culture whose primary experience of death and violence is mediated by film and television, the issue of how these experiences are communicated and understood – by the families of those who died, by the rescue workers and police, by the politicians and the military, and also importantly, by the media and their audiences – is crucial in understanding the ways in which what seem like natural responses are socially and culturally constructed.
Language eng
Field of Research 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, RMIT Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002794

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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