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Intersections of (infra)structural violence and cultural inclusion: The geopolitics of minority cemeteries and crematoria provision

Maddrell, Avril; McNally, Danny; Beebeejaun, Yasminah; McClymont, Katie; Mathijssen, Brenda

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Authors

Avril Maddrell

Danny McNally

Yasminah Beebeejaun

Brenda Mathijssen



Abstract

Building on embodied and de-colonial approaches to geopolitics, this paper examines the relationship between forms of governance in municipal cemetery and crematorium provision and the needs of established minorities, arguing that inadequate infrastructure and services can constitute harm. Crucially, it is contended that forms of governance impact not only on the living, but also on perceptions of the wellbeing of the dead. Grounded in a study of four towns in England and Wales, the paper identifies firstly how intersectional identity fundamentally shapes people’s experiences of deathscape governance; secondly, the possibilities of infrastructural benefits of inclusive services; and thirdly, the harms done by non-inclusive forms of governance, implicit territoriality and inadequate infrastructure. This is evidenced in the negative impact of poor municipal cemetery organisation and management on specific minority groups, such as inadequate burial space, high burial costs, hindrances to timely rituals, and reduced access to services as a result of government austerity measures; as well as protracted local planning processes. The conclusion calls for a wider conceptualisation of necropolitics, based on a critical-feminist-decolonial geopolitics of deathscapes in multicultural societies, and offers insights for the practical governance of inclusive cemeteries and crematoria.

Citation

Maddrell, A., McNally, D., Beebeejaun, Y., McClymont, K., & Mathijssen, B. (2021). Intersections of (infra)structural violence and cultural inclusion: The geopolitics of minority cemeteries and crematoria provision. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 46(3), 675-688. https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12437

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 5, 2021
Publication Date 2021-09
Deposit Date Jan 29, 2021
Publicly Available Date Aug 25, 2021
Journal Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Print ISSN 0020-2754
Electronic ISSN 1475-5661
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 3
Pages 675-688
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12437
Keywords cemeteries, geopolitics, necropolitics, minorities, religion, the body
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7043472
Additional Information Co-authors: Maddrell, A, Beebeejaun, Y, Mathijsen, B, McNally, D

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