15. Mourning

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Everett Yuehong Zhang

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch15

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Zhang, E. Y. (2012) Mourning, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch15

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620



  • mourning, regulations on weeping during death, and common rituals;
  • two models for mourning, Hertz's of social solidarity and Freudian model;
  • anthropological studies of mourning, Hertz's ideas in Durkheimian tradition;
  • constraints on sentiment, Durkheimian concerns about social solidarity;
  • transition, from focus on death to a focus on life;
  • serious gender inequality, women and sexual violence/and frequent pregnancies;
  • secularization, changing the practice of mourning and grieving


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Two Models for Mourning

  • Engaging with Life

  • Secularization and its Discontents

  • Life-Centered Grieving

  • Conclusion: The Moral Ground for Grieving

  • References