9780745625348

Death and Dying : A Sociological Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745625348

  • ISBN10:

    0745625347

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-05
  • Publisher: Polity
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Summary

This stimulating new book provides a sophisticated introduction to the key issues in the sociology of death and dying.In recent years, the social sciences have seen an upsurge of interest in death and dying. The fascination with death is reflected in popular media such as newspapers, television documentaries, films and soaps, and, moreover, in the multiplying range of professional roles associated with dying and death. Yet despite its ubiquitous significance, the majority of texts in the field have been written primarily for health professionals. This book breaks with that tradition.It provides a cutting edge, comprehensive discussion of the key topics in death and dying and in so doing demonstrates that the study of mortality is germane to all areas of sociology. The book is organised thematically, utilising empirical material from cross-national and cross-cultural perspectives. It carefully addresses questions about social attitudes to mortality, the social nature of death and dying, explanations for change and diversity in approaches, and traditional, modern and postmodern experiences of death.Death and Dying will appeal to students across the social sciences, as well as professionals whose work brings them into contact with dying or bereaved people.

Author Biography

G. Howarth, Reader in Sociology, University of Bath

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Social Characteristics and Attitudes to Deathp. 13
Death, Denial and Diversityp. 15
When and How People Diep. 40
Life and Death in 'Risk Society'p. 68
Death, Religion and Spiritualityp. 88
Death and the Mediap. 102
Social Structures and Individual Experiences of Dyingp. 113
Dying: Institutionalization and Medicalizationp. 115
The Good Deathp. 132
The Social Organization of Sudden Deathp. 155
The Dying and the Dead Bodyp. 177
Post-Death Rituals of Remembrance and Survival Beliefsp. 193
Grief and Lossp. 195
Relationships Between the Living and the Deadp. 215
Mortuary Ritualsp. 233
Conclusion: Resurrecting Death?p. 252
Notesp. 267
Referencesp. 271
Indexp. 295
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