Dying And Death In Canada / Edition 1

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Death, like sexuality, is ever present but was rarely discussed before the 1960s. Since then there has been a growing discourse in the social sciences and helping professions about how to discuss the social construction of death. Dying and death in a society reflect the material and social conditions of that society. In turn, the society and culture in which we live influences what we think and do about dying and death. Similarly, dying is both a personal experience and a social role given shape and meaning by social practices and cultural definitions. The bereaved grieve and mourn in both personal and social terms, and the meaning assigned to dying and death is both personally and socially constructed.

This new edition of Dying and Death in Canada is designed for students who wish to learn about dying and death, for practitioners who work with the dying and the bereaved, for the dying and the bereaved themselves, and for the general public. Part I explores the causes of dying and death in Canada both historically and at present. Part II examines the collective constructions of?that is, the social and cultural response to?dying and death in Canada. Part III discusses dying and death from the personal points of view of the dying and the bereaved.

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What People Are Saying

Laurie Clune

Northcott and Wilson have created an exceptional resource for anyone interested in death and dying. They take readers on an enlightening journey that presents dying and death 'not simply as a biological event, [but] a social and cultural phenomenon.' Set within the Canadian context, readers travel through the historical, demographic, religious, economic, and cultural terrain that shapes contemporary notions of dying and death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551118734
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 5/31/2008
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbert C. Northcott teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Donna M. Wilson teaches in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

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Table of Contents



Part I: The Demography and Epidemiology of Dying and Death

1. The History of Dying and Death in Canada

2. Dying and Death in Canada Today

Part II: The Social and Cultural Response to Dying and Death

3. Dying and Death in the Context of Canadian Social Institutions

4. Dying and Death in the Context of Canadian Culture

Part III: The Individual Response to Dying and Death

5. Individual Perspectives on Dying and Death

6. Survivor Perspectives on Dying and Death


Appendix: Selected Sources of Information on Dying and Death



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