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Narratives of Sorrow and DignityJapanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving$
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Bardwell L. Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199942138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199942138.001.0001

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Mizuko Kuyō

Mizuko Kuyō

Memorial Services for Child Loss in Japan

(p.3) 1 Mizuko Kuyō
Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity

Bardwell L. Smith

Oxford University Press

The book’s nine chapters are grouped in three parts. As a whole, the study emphasizes the responses of women to child loss and how the role of ritualizing a mother’s grief is revealed through several strands of primary material. The tension between public discourse and the diversity of private voices is central to the study as a whole. This chapter discusses earlier studies of mizuko kuyō over a thirty-year period (1981–2012). Various theories of interpretation provide different frames of reference about the social and political discourse surrounding this topic.

Keywords:   Discourse, practice, mizuko kuyō, cross-cultural, pregnancy, death, Japanese, Western

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