Death and Dying

Death and Dying : A Sociological Introduction

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This stimulating new book provides a sophisticated introduction to the key issues in the sociology of death and dying.
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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 30.5mm | 453.6g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745625347
  • 9780745625348
  • 190,664

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This stimulating new book provides a sophisticated introduction tothe key issues in the sociology of death and dying.

In recent years, the social sciences have seen an upsurge ofinterest in death and dying. The fascination with death isreflected in popular media such as newspapers, televisiondocumentaries, films and soaps, and, moreover, in the multiplyingrange of professional roles associated with dying and death. Yetdespite its ubiquitous significance, the majority of texts in thefield have been written primarily for health professionals. Thisbook breaks with that tradition.

It provides a cutting edge, comprehensive discussion of the keytopics in death and dying and in so doing demonstrates that thestudy of mortality is germane to all areas of sociology. The bookis organised thematically, utilising empirical material fromcross-national and cross-cultural perspectives. It carefullyaddresses questions about social attitudes to mortality, the socialnature of death and dying, explanations for change and diversity inapproaches, and traditional, modern and postmodern experiences ofdeath.

Death and Dying will appeal to students across the socialsciences, as well as professionals whose work brings them intocontact with dying or bereaved people.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. PART I. SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS AND ATTITUDES TO DEATH. 1. Death, Denial and Diversity. 2. When and How People Die. 3. Life and Death in "Risk Society'. 4. Death, Religion and Spirituality. 5. Death and the Media. PART II. SOCIAL STRUCTURES AND INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCES OF DYING. 6. Dying: Institutionalization and Medicalization. 7. The Good Death. 8. The Social Organization of Sudden Death. 9. The Dying and the Dead Body. PART III. POST-DEATH RITUALS OF REMEMBRANCE AND SURVIVAL BELIEFS. 10. Grief and Loss. 11. Relationships Between the Living and the Dead. 12. Mortuary Rituals. Conclusion: Resurrecting Death?. Notes. References. Index.
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"A comprehensive and readable review of social scientific work published on death and dying over the last few decades. The author expertly develops that review by using aspects of what C. Wright Mills called 'the sociological imagination' ... The text is nicely rounded off with an extensive bibliography, a useful resource in itself." Mortality "A comprehensive and thoughtful overview of the subject area. But what is most refreshing about it is its powerful use of structure-agency debates as tools that both challenge problematic assumptions, and also highlight persistent intrinsic/structural inequalities. This book is also, and crucially, an important reminder of how sociological enquiry can help people who work as carers, researchers and teachers to challenge the inequity of service provision in death, dying and bereavement." British Journal of Sociology "A thoughtful, comprehensive, up-to-date, well-evidenced, general guide to sociological work on death and dying." Bereavement Care "This is a tour de force! Glennys Howarth has written a systematic and in-depth text about an area that is becoming increasingly relevant to many disciplines. Her encyclopaedic knowledge of the topic is conveyed comprehensively and accessibly to both the informed and an as yet uninformed readership. It should be essential reading for all those interested in developing their knowledge of dying, death, disposal and bereavement." Jeanne Katz, Open University
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About Glennys Howarth

G. Howarth, Reader in Sociology, University of Bath
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