This engaging new book takes a fresh approach to the major topics surrounding the processes and rituals of death and dying in the United States. It emphasizes individual experiences and personal reactions to death as well as placing mortality within a wider social context, drawing on theoretical frameworks, empirical research, and popular culture.
Throughout the text the authors highlight the importance of two key factors in American society which determine who dies and under what circumstances: persistent social inequality and the American consumerist ethic. These features are explored through a discussion of topics ranging from debates about euthanasia to deaths resulting from war and terrorism; from the death of a child to children's experiences of grieving and bereavement; and from beliefs about life after death to more practical issues such as the disposal of the dead body.
Drawing on sociological, anthropological, philosophical, and historical research, the authors present the salient features of death and dying for upper-level students across the social sciences. For anyone interested in learning more about the end of life, this book will provide a useful and accessible perspective on the uniquely American understanding of death and dying.
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About the Author
Andrea Fontana, Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, LasVegas
Jennifer Reid Keene, Associate Professor of Sociology,University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Table of Contents
Detailed Contents vi
Part I Death and Culture
1 An American View of Death 3
2 Changing Demographic and Cultural Aspects of Death 9
Part II Death and its Aftermath
3 Where Dying Takes Place 29
4 Dying 47
5 Funeral Practices 67
Part III Individual and Collective Death
6 Children and Death 93
7 Death and Destruction 117
Part IV Coping with Death
8 Giving Bad News 141
9 The Grieving Process 161
10 Life after Death 179