Mapping the Perimeter of Death and Dying


Mapping the Perimeter of Death and Dying


Edited by Carol McAllum and Madeline Gorman

Year: 2014

Format: eBook


This book is a multi-disciplinary collection of death and dying studies, including chapters on philosophy, media studies, health care, literature, and political science.

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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.

Madeline Gorman and Carol McAllum

Part I Historical and Philosophical Contexts

Religion, Metaphysics, Reality and the Problem of Death in Modern Literature and Philosophy
Danuta Kisiała

Controlling Death: Philosophical Thanatology Meets Cultural Expectations
Sami Pihlström

Exquisite Corpses: The Depreciation of Female Death in Artistic Representation
Neil Holmstrom

Corporate Culture, Policy and Caring in American Hospices: A Viewpoint
Wayne Leaver

Part II Both Sides of the Border

Defining Death: The Challenge Posed by Near-Death Experiences
Natasha Tassell-Matamua

The Roles of Social Actors in Accounts of Near-Death Experiences: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of France and the United States
Peter Corrigan

Virtual Immortality: Death, the Digital Screen and Facebook
Madeline Gorman

Part III Death in Media

Death and Human Dignity in the Cinema of Liliana Cavani
Daniela Chana

Vampires and the Failure of the Nordic Welfare State
Outi Hakola

Graveyards on Paper: The Visual Form of Death Notices in the Estonian Press, 1865-2012
Roosmarii Kurvits

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
Lloyd Steffen

Part V Mourning and Ritual

Burial Lamenting in a 21st Century Vepsian Village: The Collective and the Individual
Madis Arukask

In Memory of Children Who Die before Being Known: A Ritual Field in a Formative Phase
Ellen Kristvik

The End: Before and after the Metaphor in the Contemporary Romanian Mass Media
Daniela Maci

Shared Collective Emotions? The Funeral of Robert Enke as a Public Event
Nils Meise

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.