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Death and Dying A Sociological Introduction

ISBN-10: 0745625347
ISBN-13: 9780745625348
Edition: 2006
Authors: Glennys Howarth
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 1/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Social Characteristics and Attitudes to Death
Death, Denial and Diversity
When and How People Die
Life and Death in 'Risk Society'
Death, Religion and Spirituality
Death and the Media
Social Structures and Individual Experiences of Dying
Dying: Institutionalization and Medicalization
The Good Death
The Social Organization of Sudden Death
The Dying and the Dead Body
Post-Death Rituals of Remembrance and Survival Beliefs
Grief and Loss
Relationships Between the Living and the Dead
Mortuary Rituals
Conclusion: Resurrecting Death?
Notes
References
Index

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