Death, Family and the Law: The Contemporary Inquest in Context

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When a death is investigated by a coroner, what is the place of the family in that process?

This accessibly written book draws together empirical, theoretical and historical perspectives to develop a rich, nuanced analysis of the contemporary inquest system in England and Wales. It investigates theories of kinship drawn from socio-legal research and analyses law, accountability and the legal process.

Excerpts of conversations with coroners and officers offer real insights into how the role of family can be understood and who family is perceived to be, and how their participation fundamentally shapes the investigation into a death.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Bristol Press
Number of pages184
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5292-1247-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-5292-1245-7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameLaw, Society, Policy


  • inquests
  • death
  • kinship
  • jurisdiction


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