This inter- and multi-disciplinary volume examines how culture impacts care for the dying, the overall experience of dying, and ways the dead are remembered. Over the past three decades, scholarship in thanatology has increased dramatically. This text localizes a broad array of perspectives that research, analyze, and interpret the many interrelations and interactions that exist between death and culture. Culture not only presents and portrays ideas about ‘a good death’ and norms that seek to achieve it, but culture also operates as both a vehicle and medium through which meaning about death is communicated and understood. Sadly, too, culture sometimes facilitates death through violence.
Death, Dying, Culture: An Interdisciplinary Interrogation
Edited by Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman
This inter- and multi-disciplinary volume examines how culture impacts care for the dying, the overall experience of dying, and ways the dead are remembered.
Categories: Persons, Medicine & Health, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Digital Books.
Tags: care, culture, death, dying, grief, hospice, mourning, palliative, thanatology.
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Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman
PART 1 Culture and Caregiving
Habits of the Heart in End of Life Care
The Dying: Individual Need or Professional Prerogative?
So Far and So Close: The Challenge of Death
Abílio Oliveira and Rute Rodrigues
Significance of Mental and Spiritual Support for Cancer Patients
PART 2 Culture and Dying
Lessons About Dying and Death from Disasters
John F. Freie
Death through the Eyes of Innocence: Perceptions of Death in Childhood
Alejandra Freitas, Abílio Oliveira and Rute Rodrigues
How Mortality Salience Affects Religiosity: Considering Life History Theory, Terror Management Theory and IQ
Fatum and Fragility: Mario Perniola’s Philosophy of Death
Stein A. Hevrøy
Satire’s Mirror: Exposing Death Denial in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
On Kevorkian, Vivisection and Beneficent Execution
Determining Death: Perspectives from World Religions
Susan M. Setta
Peter Brueghel’s Triumph of Death
PART 3 Culture and Mourning
Exploring Funeral Fashions and Music pro defunctis in the Southern Netherlands (1600-1799)
Honour(ing) The Departed: How Death Facilitates Honour in American Culture
Resisting Intimations of Immortality: Aubrey de Grey’s Science and Saramago’s Novel
Susan M. Behuniak
Death and the Maiden: Bataille, Blanchot and the Deathly Female Figure
Leslie Anne Boldt
The Death of the Author’s Mother: Postmodern Uncertainties in Contemporary Memoir
Linda K. Karell
Showing Mourning in Slow Motion
Near-Death Experiences throughout the History of Art and Science: Challenges for the XXI Century
The Film Musical as Cultural Vehicle for Dealing with Death and Dying
Lloyd Steffen (PhD, Brown) is Professor of Religion Studies, University Chaplain and Director of the Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (USA). Among his several books are Life/Choice: The Theory of Just Abortion; Executing Justice: The Moral Meaning of the Death Penalty and Holy War, Just War: Exploring the Moral Meaning of Religious Violence.
Nate Hinerman, PhD is on the faculty at the University of San Francisco and Golden Gate University, and serves as a bereavement therapist at Pathways Hospice in San Francisco. He also leads the San Francisco Bay Area End of Life Coalition, www.sfeol.org.