Death, Mourning and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader / Edition 1

Death, Mourning and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader / Edition 1

by Antonius C. G. M. Robben
     
 

There are few topics that stir the imagination more than the study of how humans across cultures have dealt with the inevitable and universally shared experience of death. 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

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There are few topics that stir the imagination more than the study of how humans across cultures have dealt with the inevitable and universally shared experience of death. 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. The collectionoffers cross-cultural readings thatspan the period from dying to afterlife, approach this transition as a social process, and demonstrate the great variation of cultural responses to death.

Death, Mourning, and Burial is divided into six parts that mirror the social trajectory of death: conceptualizations of death; death and dying; uncommon death; grief and mourning; mortuary rituals; and remembrance and regeneration. Each part includes one or two foundational texts on the anthropology of death—-on topics such as the disruption of social ties and their restoration through ritual—-as well as recent and exciting studies that demonstrate the intellectual breadth of the anthropology of death, such as those on organ donation, “disappearances,” and cannibalism.

Not only will Death, Mourning, and Burial serve as a sourcebook and primary text for anthropology classes, it will provide a fine-grained book designed to bring a genuinely cross-cultural perspective to all those studying death and dying.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405114714
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Human Lifecycle: Cross-Cultural Readings Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
289,898
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Death and Anthropology: An Introduction: Antonius C. G. M. Robben.

Part I: Conceptualizations of Death.

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: Philippe Ariès.

5. How Others Die: Reflections on the Anthropology of Death: Johannes Fabian.

Part II: Death and Dying.

6. Death Omens in a Breton Memorate: Ellen Badone.

7. The Meaning of Death in Northern Cheyenne Culture: Anne S. Straus.

8. Kinds of Death and the House: María Cátedra.

9. Displacing Suffering: The Reconstruction of Death in North America and Japan: Margaret Lock.

Part III: Uncommon Death.

10. Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande: E. E. Evans-Pritchard.

11. Burial Alive: Godfrey Lienhardt.

12. State Terror in the Netherworld: Disappearance and Reburial in Argentina: Antonius C. G. M. Robben.

Part IV: Grief and Mourning.

13. The Andaman Islanders: A. R. Radcliffe-Brown.

14. Metaphors of Mediation in Greek Funeral Laments: Loring M. Danforth.

15. Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage: Renato Rosaldo.

16. Death Without Weeping: Nancy Scheper-Hughes.

Part V: Mortuary Rituals.

17. A Contribution to the Study of the Collective Representation of Death: Robert Hertz.

18. The Rites of Passage: Arnold van Gennep.

19. The Phase of Negated Death: Hikaru Suzuki.

20. ‘Thus are our bodies, thus was our custom’: Mortuary Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society: Beth A. Conklin.

Part VI: Remembrance and Regeneration.

21. Sacrificial Death and the Necrophagous Ascetic: Jonathan Parry.

22. The 19th-Century Tlingit Potlatch: A New Perspective: Sergei Kan.

23. Dead Bodies Animate the Study of Politics: Katherine Verdery.

Index.

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