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The Clergyman and the Funeral Director: A Study in Role Conflict

Robert L. Fulton
Social Forces
Vol. 39, No. 4 (May, 1961), pp. 317-323
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2573428
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2573428
Page Count: 7
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The Clergyman and the Funeral Director: A Study in Role Conflict
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Abstract

Criticism of the funeral director and of funeral practices by the clergy is both intensive and extensive in America. Among the many factors correlated with this negative appraisal of funerary procedures three stand out: the basic religious distinction between the spirit and the flesh; the duality of the funeral director's role; and fear of taint.

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