Insomuch that death is both universal as well as subject to varied registers of meaning, death as a field of research occupies a necessarily inter-disciplinary position. This volume gathers multiple perspectives on death and dying composed by a selection of papers that were presented at the 9th Global Conference on Making Sense of: Dying and Death, held in Salzburg, Austria in November, 2012. Countering notions of death as mere negation, these chapters map out regions of sense-making along the perimeters of life. It approaches death and dying from an array of scholarly, theoretical, and practical disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, theology, political science, media studies, education, art studies, anthropology, sociology, and health care.
Mapping the Perimeter of Death and Dying
Edited by Carol McAllum and Madeline Gorman
This book is a multi-disciplinary collection of death and dying studies, including chapters on philosophy, media studies, health care, literature, and political science.
Categories: Persons, Medicine & Health, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Digital Books.
Tags: anthropology, assisted dying, death, dying, ethics, near death experiences, philosophy, sociology, thanatology.
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Madeline Gorman and Carol McAllum
Part I Historical and Philosophical Contexts
Religion, Metaphysics, Reality and the Problem of Death in Modern Literature and Philosophy
Controlling Death: Philosophical Thanatology Meets Cultural Expectations
Exquisite Corpses: The Depreciation of Female Death in Artistic Representation
Corporate Culture, Policy and Caring in American Hospices: A Viewpoint
Part II Both Sides of the Border
Defining Death: The Challenge Posed by Near-Death Experiences
The Roles of Social Actors in Accounts of Near-Death Experiences: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of France and the United States
Virtual Immortality: Death, the Digital Screen and Facebook
Part III Death in Media
Death and Human Dignity in the Cinema of Liliana Cavani
Vampires and the Failure of the Nordic Welfare State
Graveyards on Paper: The Visual Form of Death Notices in the Estonian Press, 1865-2012
Part IV When Death Is Assisted
Montana’s Courting of Physician Aid in Dying: McCarter’s Trumpet
Arthur G. Svenson
On Futility and a Supposed Right to Kill from Benevolent Motives: Compassion and Justice at the End of Life
Part V Mourning and Ritual
Burial Lamenting in a 21st Century Vepsian Village: The Collective and the Individual
In Memory of Children Who Die before Being Known: A Ritual Field in a Formative Phase
The End: Before and after the Metaphor in the Contemporary Romanian Mass Media
Shared Collective Emotions? The Funeral of Robert Enke as a Public Event
Carol McAllum is a doctor who practices in New Zealand and kind of makes you want to be moribund enough just to merit soliciting her services.
Madeline Gorman is an assistant researcher at the University of British Columbia with decidedly morbid research interests.