By Vergilius Ferm
This finished and exact dictionary attracts from the services of numerous participants besides Ferm’s personal huge wisdom of pastoral psychology to carry readers a superb advent to the sphere. Dictionary of Pastoral Psychology contains an intensive headword record and easy-to-use go references of phrases, and it'll be a useful and lasting reference resource to scholars of the field.
Vergilius Ferm is the writer of numerous reference titles in philosophy, together with Dictionary of Pastoral Psychology and A historical past of Philosophical structures. He taught on the collage of Wooster, the place he served because the head of the dept of Philosophy and was once the Compton Professor of Philosophy.
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The theory of social representations They do not represent simply ‘opinions about’, ‘images of or ‘attitudes towards’ but ‘theories’ or ‘branches of knowledge’ in their own right, for the discovery and organisation of reality . . Systems of values, ideas and practices with a twofold function; first, to establish an order which will enable individuals to orientate themselves in their material and social world and to master it; secondly, to enable communication to take place among members of a community by providing them with a code for social exchange and a code for naming and classifying unambiguously the various aspects of their world and their individual and group history.
This is particularly tempting when carrying out same-culture studies. Any group of persons – prisoners, primitives, pilots, or patients –develop a life of their own that becomes meaningful, reasonable, and normal once you get close to it, and that a good way to learn about any of these worlds is to submit oneself in the company of the members to the daily round of petty contingencies to which they are subject. (Goffman: preface to Asylums 1961) Researching death 33 The organization of death in contemporary Britain takes place in many locations: the hospital, the register office, the coroner’s office, the funeral parlour, the crematorium and the cemetery.
This is called pilot work. There is nothing mysterious about undertaking pilot work. ), they have a think and, finally, construct a few research questions. In my study, I listed all those institutions which ‘dealt’ with death, such as hospices, hospitals, registry offices, coroners’ offices, funeral parlours, crematoria and cemeteries. Having drawn up this list I then set out to visit these ‘death sites’. I then formulated a second list of people who work in these institutions. I began to hold informal chats with funeral directors; I sat in on bereavement support groups, interviewed therapists and bereavement counsellors; I talked to attendants at crematoria and cemetery managers.
A Dictionary of Pastoral Psychology by Vergilius Ferm