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A Social History of Dying

A Social History of Dying

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  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521694292

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  • Our experiences of dying have been shaped by ancient ideas about death and social responsibility at the end of life. From Stone Age ideas about dying as otherworld journey to the contemporary Cosmopolitan Age of dying in nursing homes, Allan Kellehear takes the reader on a 2 million year journey of discovery that covers the major challenges we will all eventually face: anticipating, preparing, taming and timing for our eventual deaths. This book, first published in 2007, is a major review of the human and clinical sciences literature about human dying conduct. The historical approach of this book places our recent images of cancer dying and medical care in broader historical, epidemiological and global context. Professor Kellehear argues that we are witnessing a rise in shameful forms of dying. It is not cancer, heart disease or medical science that presents modern dying conduct with its greatest moral tests, but rather poverty, ageing and social exclusion.

    • A history of dying spanning 2 million years
    • Gives broad inclusive context to all former histories of death and dying
    • Accessible to the general reader
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    'This is no ordinary book. The next generation of death scholars will have to come to terms with it. And it is superb in showing how sociology can illuminate the findings of archaeology and history.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'A comprehensive text which will be of interest to anyone working in the field of death and dying or who is interested in its history.' Network Review

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    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521694292
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Preface
    1. The dawn of mortal awareness
    2. The otherworld journey - death as dying
    3. The first challenge - anticipating death
    4. The emergence of sedentism
    5. The birth of the good death
    6. The second challenge - preparing for death
    7. The rise and spread of cities
    8. The birth of the well-managed death
    9. The third challenge - taming death
    10. The exponential rise of modernity
    11. The birth of the shameful death
    Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Allan Kellehear, University of Bath
    Allan Kellehear is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath, UK.

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