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Further Hierarchies of Loss: Tracking Relationality in Pregnancy Loss Experiences

Middlemiss, Aimee L; Kilshaw, Susie; (2023) Further Hierarchies of Loss: Tracking Relationality in Pregnancy Loss Experiences. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying 10.1177/00302228231182273. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The article extends Robson and Walter’s concept of hierarchies of loss by describing further factors which afford differential social legitimacy to death-related losses. Drawing on our separate research with women in England who have experienced pre-viability pregnancy loss through different types of miscarriage and termination for foetal anomaly, we note that closeness of relationship to the object of loss does hierarchise pregnancy loss. However, other relational elements are also implicated, including ontological positions on what it was which was lost, in relation to other individually and socially experienced losses. Hierarchies are both imposed and agentially used by those who are implicated. This wider analysis extends the concept of hierarchies of loss so it can include experiences which do and do not involve grief and bereavement, and experiences of social recognition alongside those where loss is disenfranchised, marginalised, or ungrievable.

Type: Article
Title: Further Hierarchies of Loss: Tracking Relationality in Pregnancy Loss Experiences
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/00302228231182273
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/003022282311822
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2023. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: grief, pregnancy loss, miscarriage, abortion, hierarchy, politics of death
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10172108
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