Memorial Services for Child Loss in Japan
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.
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