Churchyard and Cemetery

Churchyard and Cemetery Tradition and Modernity in Rural North Yorkshire

Paperback (01 May 2015) | English

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Synopsis

This book explores the turbulent social history of churchyards and cemeteries over the last 150 years. Using sites from across rural North Yorkshire, the text examines the workings of the Burial Acts and discloses the ways in which religious politics framed burial management. It presents an alternative history of burial which questions notions of tradition and modernity, and challenges long-standing assumptions about changing attitudes towards mortality in England. This study, available in paperback for the first time, diverges from the long-standing tendency to regard the churchyard as inherently 'traditional' and the cemetery as essentially 'modern'. Since 1850, both types of site have been subject to the influence of new expectations that burial space would guarantee family burial and the opportunity for formal commemoration. Although the population in central North Yorkshire declined, demand for burial space rose, meaning that many dozens of churchyards were extended, and forty new cemeteries were laid out. http://www.york.ac.uk/spsw/research/cemetery-research-group/

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Book information

ISBN: 9780719097355
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 393.1094284
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Weight: 580g
Height: 143mm
Width: 215mm
Spine width: 28mm