Death, Family and the Law

The Contemporary Inquest in Context

By Edward Kirton-Darling

Published

Jun 20, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529212464

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 20, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529212457

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 20, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529212471

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 20, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529212471

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Death, Family and the Law

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.

“Engaging and original and combining historical and critical analysis with empirical research, Kirton-Darling’s book provides a fascinating insight into the family’s past and present role in the coronial inquest.” Ellen Gordon-Bouvier, Oxford Brookes University

Edward Kirton-Darling is Lecturer at the University of Bristol Law School.

1. Death, Family and the Law

2. Accountability and Authority in the Historical Jurisdiction

3. Accountability Reconceived

4. First Contact and the Next of Kin

5. Dignity, the Family and the Body

6. Family in the Driving Seat

7. The Public (?) Hearing

8. Reimagining the Inquest