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.
- Comprised of six sections that mirror the social trajectory of death: conceptualizations of death; death and dying; uncommon death; grief and mourning; mortuary rituals; and remembrance and regeneration
- Includes canonical readings as well as recent studies on topics such as organ donation and cannibalism
- Designed for anyone concerned with issues of death and dying, as well as: violence, terrorism, war, state terror, organ theft, and mortuary rituals
- Serves as a text for anthropology classes, as well as providing a genuinely cross-cultural perspective to all those studying death and dying
Table of Contents
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.
What People are Saying About This
"An invaluable resource, this enormously welcome volume traces the historical development of the cross-cultural study of death and provides readers the luxury of a single-volume collection of anthropology’s classic contributions to the field."
–Jenny Hockey, University of Sheffield