The Death Of Modern Society Essay

1459 Words Dec 16th, 2014 6 Pages
Aries (1981) sees that death in modern society has become isolated from the public sphere. There has been a decline in the social acceptability of public expressions of grief and as a result see community aspects of death. This sequestration has led to death being seen as a professional procedure rather than an aspect of community involvement and ritual as it was in pre-modern society. Scale (1998:3) believes this sequestration is the “hiding away” of death and morality in modernity. This is seen to be due to the loss of community due to increased individualisation. As Beck (1992) determines that in post-modernity social changes have led individuals to construct their own lives and move away from community led lifestyles. Thus Aries (1974) states that in pre-modern society a person’s death was a public ceremony. The dying’s bedchamber would transform into a public space to be entered freely. It was then due to doctor’s complaints that by the 18th century deathbeds became less crowded. Hence it can be said that the different attitudes towards death from tribal, traditional and modern societies is due to aspects of sequestration, the dissimulation of social death, the medicalization of dying and increased individualisation in society. (Seale 1998)
Pre-modern society would be subject to seeing a lot more death than now. (Aries 1981) As Seale (1998) concludes in today’s society there are not as many unexpected deaths. This is because of an advance in medical care and improved…

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