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Private Grief, Public Mourning: The Rise of the Roadside Shrine in British Columbia

By John Belshaw & Diane Purvey

Private Grief, Public Mourning is an historical investigation of mourning sites and practices within the context of the province of British Columbia. The authors are concerned, primarily, with the rise of the roadside death memorial in the late twentieth century. They argue that RDMs are not a marginal, quirky phenomenon but part of a longer and complex story about the meaning of both death and grieving, one more thread in a long tapestry of public exhibitions of grief that serve to announce to the watching world who we are.

ISBN 189563699X
7 x 8 | Hardcover | Colour | 160 pp
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