A death in our street

Health Place. 1999 Mar;5(1):119-24. doi: 10.1016/s1353-8292(98)00045-8.


How do neighbours relate to the dying, and what effect does a death have on a neighbourhood? After briefly reviewing related literature, the article explores the concepts of reciprocity and solidarity, using the recent work of Michael Young to highlight limitations in the work of Philip Abrams. The potential of suffering to generate neighbourhood solidarity in an increasingly affluent and private society is considered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Altruism
  • Attitude to Death*
  • Humans
  • Social Environment*
  • Social Support*