Transgressing boundaries of private and public : Intercultural funerals.
Ritchie, Jenny; Morrison, Sandy; Vaioleti, Timote; Ritchie, Te Whaiwhaia
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Citation:Ritchie, J., Morrison, S., Vaioleti, T., and Ritchie, T. (2013). Transgressing boundaries of private and public: Intercultural funerals. Studies in symbolic interaction. 40 : 95-126.
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In this chapter the authors take an auto-ethnographic approach to draw from recent experiences of being integrally involved in the death rituals pertaining to a close family member, ranging across three different cultural backgrounds, all located in Aotearoa New Zealand and involving intercultural complexities. All of these funeral proceedings were unusual circumstances, due to the status of the deceased, meaning that in all three instances, the rituals were very public, due to cultural expectations Through narrative descriptions, this chapter illuminates the ways in which are played out in contemporary contexts and their importance in providing a framework of support for the bereaved families through the mourning period, albeit in the public gaze. Despite the impacts of colonization, immigration, and globalization, these traditional practices, passed down through generation after generation demonstrate their resilience and contemporary application in service of the emotional and spiritual well-being of the respective collectives.