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En aparté avec les morts... Peur, larmes et rire au travail : les métiers du funéraire

Abstract : Undertakers of all kinds, embalmers and mortician's assistants, have an occupational slot on the long assembly line for producing funeral services in France. In these positions in between the living and the dead, life on the job does not allow for squeamishness. These “workers” have the place of professionals who are used to death and to the outburst of feelings ensuing from it. Behind this strictly professional attitude with its seeming avoidance of any personal involvement, barely visible signs of shock, fear or discomfort and of rituals for coping with the welling up of emotions can be observed. To cope with fear, those who work on the deceased have invented their own occupational “type”, one combining denial and craftiness, virile honor and a professional sense of control, a community response and relief through laughing.
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Pascale Trompette, Sandrine Caroly. En aparté avec les morts... Peur, larmes et rire au travail : les métiers du funéraire. Terrain : revue d'ethnologie de l'Europe, Ministère de la culture, Sous-direction ARCHETIS-DAPA, 2004, pp.63-84. ⟨halshs-00311668⟩



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