Sian Anthony

9 Hiding the Body: Ordering Space and Allowing Manipulation of Body Parts within Modern Cemeteries

Introduction

For an urban citizen, to be buried in the 18th century was to know that their body would be added to the traditional parish churchyards. This would involve the burial being placed in a small, crowded and chaotic place used for many centuries and inadequate for the growing population. The churchyards were often poorly managed or simply lacked the space for new burials so that even the best management practices could not cope (Sommer, 2003, p. 84; Tarlow, 1999, p. 126). As a locale within the urban environment cemeteries contributed to the crowded and contested space, pitching the dead against the living, and they were the ...

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