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Children RememberedResponses to Untimely Death in the Past$
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Robert Woods

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310218

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846310218.001.0001

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Mortality, Childcare and Mourning

Mortality, Childcare and Mourning

(p.33) 3 Mortality, Childcare and Mourning
Children Remembered
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on la mort subie: the changing and varying risk of dying at an early age. Specifically, it deals with foetal, infant, and child mortality, that is, the risk of dying between conception and age 10 years. The chapter attempts a comparison of experiences in France and England: the former because this will allow us to consider in more detail some of the demographic observations raised by Philippe Ariès; and the latter because two of Michel Vovelle's three levels – la mort vécue and les discours sur la mort, which are influenced by la mort subie – are considered using mainly English examples. It concludes by discussing childcare behaviour (particularly the issue of infant feeding) and the practice of mourning in France and England.

Keywords:   dying, death, child mortality, infant mortality, mortality risk, France, England, Philippe Ariès, Michel Vovelle, childcare

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