Death, Mourning, and Burial : A Cross-Cultural Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/24/2005
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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In Death, Mourning, and Burial, an indispensable introduction to the anthropology of death, readers will find a rich selection of some of the finest ethnographic work on this fascinating topic. Comprised of six sections that mirror the social trajectory of death: conceptualizations of death; death and dying; uncommon death; grief and mourning; mortuary rituals; and remembrance and regeneration Includes canonical readings as well as recent studies on topics such as organ donation and cannibalism Designed for anyone concerned with issues of death and dying, as well as: violence, terrorism, war, state terror, organ theft, and mortuary rituals Serves as a text for anthropology classes, as well as providing a genuinely cross-cultural perspective to all those studying death and dying

Author Biography

Antonius C. G. M. Robben is Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology. His recent books are Cultures under Siege: Collective Violence and Trauma (edited with Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, 2000) and Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina (2005).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Death and Anthropology: An Introduction 1(16)
Antonius C.G.M. Robben
Part I Conceptualizations of Death 17(46)
1 Magic, Science and Religion
Bronislaw Malinowski
2 The Terror of Death
Ernest Becker
3 Symbolic Immortality
Robert Jay Lifton and Eric Olson
4 The Hour of Our Death

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