Death, Dying, Culture: An Interdisciplinary Interrogation

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Death, Dying, Culture: An Interdisciplinary Interrogation

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Edited by Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman

Year: 2013

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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.

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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.

Introduction
Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman

PART 1 Culture and Caregiving

Habits of the Heart in End of Life Care
Nate Hinerman

The Dying: Individual Need or Professional Prerogative?
David MacKintosh

So Far and So Close: The Challenge of Death
Abílio Oliveira and Rute Rodrigues

Significance of Mental and Spiritual Support for Cancer Patients
Suvi Saarelainen

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
Sarah Heany

Fatum and Fragility: Mario Perniola’s Philosophy of Death
Stein A. Hevrøy

Satire’s Mirror: Exposing Death Denial in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
Larissa Fitzpatrick

On Kevorkian, Vivisection and Beneficent Execution
Lloyd Steffen

Determining Death: Perspectives from World Religions
Susan M. Setta

Peter Brueghel’s Triumph of Death
Jean-Louis Claret

PART 3 Culture and Mourning

Exploring Funeral Fashions and Music pro defunctis in the Southern Netherlands (1600-1799)
Stefanie Beghein

Honour(ing) The Departed: How Death Facilitates Honour in American Culture
Gabrielle Kristjanson

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
Inga Schaub

Near-Death Experiences throughout the History of Art and Science: Challenges for the XXI Century
Ana León

The Film Musical as Cultural Vehicle for Dealing with Death and Dying
Christina Lovey

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.