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Death in the Modern World
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Death in the Modern World

  • Tony Walter - Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath.

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Sociology (General)

February 2020 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Death comes to all humans, but how death is managed, symbolised and experienced varies widely, not only between individuals but also between groups. What then shapes how a society manages death, dying and bereavement today? Are all modern countries similar? How important are culture, the physical environment, national histories, national laws and institutions, and globalization? This is the first book to look at how all these different factors shape death and dying in the modern world.

Written by an internationally renowned scholar in death studies, and drawing on examples from around the world, including the UK, USA, China and Japan, The Netherlands, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. This book investigates how key factors such as money, communication technologies, economic in/security, risk, the family, religion, and war, interact in complex ways to shape people’s experiences of dying and grief.

Essential reading for students, researchers, and professionals across sociology, anthropology, nursing and social work, and for anyone who wants to understand how countries around the world manage death and dying.
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
PART I: MODERNITY
 
1. Longevity
 
2. Medicine
 
3. Commodification
 
4. Communication
 
5. Death denial?
 
PART II: RISK
 
6. Security and insecurity
 
7. The physical world
 
PART III: CULTURE
 
8. Individual and group
 
9. Family
 
10. Religion
 
PART IV: NATION
 
11. Modernizing the nation
 
12. War
 
13. Policy and politics
 
PART V: GLOBALIZATION
 
14. Global flows
 
15. Death’s futures

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