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Secularidad y Espacios de Enterramiento en la Inglaterra del siglo XIX

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JournalRevista Murciana de Antropología
DateAccepted/In press - 30 Sep 2019
DatePublished (current) - 26 Dec 2019
Volume26
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)33-54
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper challenges the contention that secularity is always central to the idea of the cemetery. In largely Protestant England a 'culture war' was enjoined between supporters of the Church of England and various denominations of Protestant Dissent. The cemetery was a focus of conflict, centred on the degree of control exercised by the Established Church. This conflict did not reflect demand for 'civic' funerals. Protestant Nonconformists sought to secure burial space where they might express their own beliefs. Through the nineteenth century and up until the First World War, the framing of burial law was accompanied by divisive debate. Cemeteries came to signify both religious freedom and the oppressive influence of the Established Church. Cemetery establishment was also accompanied by regulation on sanitary burial management, but this did not define burial space as being innately secular. Rather, in England, the cemetery was and remains a spatial co-production of sanitary technology, municipal bureaucracy and spiritual expression.

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  • secularity, burial, cemetery, 19th century

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