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ERIC Number: ED122187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 20
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Socialization of Death-Related Behavior: Environmental Factors and Social Organization.
Steele, Stephen F.
In light of the proliferation of interest in the areas of death, dying and death-related behavior this work examines two areas related to the socialization of death attitudes in the United States. First, an elaboration of Blauner's seminal work concerning death and social structure is performed. This analysis reveals a social system which has routed the flow of death-related information and experience outside the view of a large portion of the population. The result is a social environment in which the socialization of death attitudes and responsibilities is largely absent. Hence, the structure of the morality environment has contributed significantly to the conceptualization of death as a "taboo topic." Secondly, the new mortality environment is briefly examined with special attention paid to education and its increasing legitimacy as an agent of socialization concerning death-related behavior and attitudes. The paper asks questions of who, what and how information related to death and dying might be presented. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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