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Death Rites and Rights

Death Rites and Rights

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Edited by Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Edited by Fatemeh Ebtehaj, Edited by Jonathan Herring, Edited by Martin Johnson, Edited by Martin Richards, Contributions by Pak Lee Chau, Contributions by Hazel Biggs, Contributions by Peter Jupp, Contributions by Sarah Webster Goodwin, Contributions by Fiona Parrott

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  • Publisher: Hart Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 228mm x 20mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 12 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1841137324
  • ISBN 13: 9781841137322
  • Edition statement: New.

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Death has diverse religious, social, legal, and medical aspects and is one of the main areas in which medicine and the law intersect. In this volume, we ask: What is the meaning of death in contemporary Britain, and in other cultures, and how has it changed over time? The essays in this collection tackle the diverse ways in which death is now experienced in modern society, in the process answering a wide variety of questions: How is death defined by law? Do the dead have legal rights? What is one allowed to have and not have done to one's body after death? What are the rights of next of kin in this respect? What compensation exists for death and how is death valued? What is happening to the law on euthanasia and suicide? Is there a human right to die? What is the principle of sanctity of life? What of criminal offences against the dead? How are the traditions of death still played out in religion? How have customs and traditions of the disposal of bodies and funerals changed? What happens to donated bodies in the biomedical setting where anatomical education is permitted? What processes are employed by police when investigating suspicious deaths? What of representations of death? These and other questions are the subject of this challenging and diverse set of essays.

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Belinda Brooks-Gordon is a Reader in Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Fatemeh Ebtehaj is associate member of the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge. Jonathan Herring is a Professor of Law at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College. Martin Johnson is Professor of Reproductive Sciences in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. Martin Richards is Emeritus Professor of Family Research at the Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.

Table of contents

1 Introduction: Death Writes Martin Richards and Martin H Johnson Part 1: When and How We Die 2 The Meaning of Death P-L Chau and Jonathan Herring 3 Death, Euthanasia and the Medical Profession Emily Jackson 4 Criminalising Carers: Death Desires and Assisted Dying Outlaws Hazel Biggs 5 Is There a Human Right to Die? Antje Du Bois-Pedain Part 2: Rituals and Practices of Death 6 Religious Perspectives on the Afterlife: Origin, Development and Funeral Rituals in the Christian Tradition Peter C Jupp 7 Purgatory: The Beginning and the End Frank Woodman and Judith Middleton-Stewart 8 Rites, Rights, Writing: 'Tintern Abbey', Death and the Will Sarah Goodwin 9 Death, Ritual and Material Culture in South London Daniel Miller and Fiona Parrott 10 Death on the Edge of the Lifeworld: The (Mis-)Appropriation of (Post-)Modern Death Graham Scambler Part 3: Dealing with Bodies 11 'Hot' Homicides and the Role of Police-Suspect Interviews in the Investigation of Illegal Deaths Martin Innes 12 Property, Harm and the Corpse David Price 13 Crimes Against the Dead Jonathan Herring 14 Death and Tort Steve Hedley 15 An Anatomist's Perspective on the Human Tissue Act 2004 Joanne Wilton 16 Anatomical Bodies and Materials of Memory Elizabeth Hallam