cultural construction of grief


TOPIC: The cultural construction of grief across a number of different cultures. (Indonesia, Australia and Japan)

Needs to be submitted Sunday 13th. (Australian Central Daylight Time Zone)


  • Introduction
  • Structure
  • Substance (Have you substantiated your argument with examples and references)
  • Sources (Course material and anthropological sources)
  • Defines key concepts used (with anthropological sources)
  • Critical thinking
  • Originality
  • Ethnographic sources and examples
  • Referencing
  • Relevance with Anthropology


– Don’t write an essay that fits in another discipline. For example, to write a research project that just examines prevalence rates of emotional disorders around the world. Nor do I want an essay that only draws on material from neuroscience, for example.

– Don’t use very broad terms like “Western” and “Eastern” culture – be specific & evidence-based & think critically.

– Don’t make meaningless comparisons between multiple cultures where the answer is simply that people do things differently.

– Use of Ethnographic sources (Bonus marks for including ethnographic examples in the essay)


Use at least one or two of these references:

– Beatty, A. 2013. Current Emotion Research in Anthropology: Reporting the Field. Emotion Review, 5 (4): 414-422.

– Lutz, C. A. 1986 Emotion, thought and estrangement: emotion as a cultural category. Cultural Anthropology 1(3): 287-309.

– Throop, J. 2015. Ambivalent happiness and virtuous suffering. Hau, Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5 (3): 45-68.