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Endings : A Sociology of Death and Dying - Michael C. Kearl

Endings

A Sociology of Death and Dying

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Published: 26th October 1989
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Arguing that death is the central force shaping our social life and order, Michael Kearl draws on anthropology, religion, politics, philosophy, the natural sciences, economics, and psychology to provide a broad sociological perspective on the interrelationships of life and death, showing how death contributes to social change and how the meanings of death are generated to serve social functions. Working from a social as well as a psychological perspective, Kearl analyzes traditional topics, including aging, suicide, grief, and medical ethics while also examining current issues such as the impact of the AIDS epidemic on social trust, governments' use of death symbolism, the business of death and dying, the political economy of doomsday weaponry, and death in popular culture. Incisive and original, this book maps the separate contributions of various social institutions to American attitudes toward death, observing the influence of each upon the broader cultural outlook on life.

"A comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance....With the sociology of culture growing, Kearl's discussion of various real and symbolic aspects of death, dying, and endings is a wonderful place to start."--Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive treatment of the subject from a sociological perspective."--Rrobin Moremenuili, Northern Illinois University "Comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance."--Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive and contemplative textbook on death and dying in cross cultural perspective."--Nexus "The strength of this text is itts thorough socioological delineation of all the institutions and influences that bear upon the experience of death shared by many...Americans."--Teaching Sociology "A comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance....With the sociology of culture growing, Kearl's discussion of various real and symbolic aspects of death, dying, and endings is a wonderful place to start."--Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive treatment of the subject from a sociological perspective."--Rrobin Moremenuili, Northern Illinois University "Comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance."--Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive and contemplative textbook on death and dying in cross cultural perspective."--Nexus "The strength of this text is its thorough sociological delineation of all the institutions and influences that bear upon the experience of death shared by many...Americans."--Teaching Sociology "A most comprehensive and detailed book on the sociology of death....The author writes in a clear and concise yet interesting manner. Additionally, tables, vignettes, notes and conclusions also help enhance the learning process. The author is to be lauded."--Ageing and Society "Excellent work. Beautifully written and well documented....Eloquent and attractive."--C. Allen Haney, University of Houston "A comprehensive and contemplative textbook on death and dying in cross cultural perspective....Written in a clear and...clever style....Suitable for senior undergraduate courses in aging and in dying studies and can be heartily recommended for students not only in Anthropology, but also in Sociology, Psychology, and Cultural History."--Nexus "Excellent up-to-date perspective of many aspects of death in our culture. Touches on some many facets not found anywhere else."--Jane For Tarr, Clarion University "A comprehensive and contemplative textbook in cross cultural perspective [which] provides us with an important starting point....Kearl advances the art of textbook writing well beyond the safe conventions by constructing an elaborate argument for the systematic study of the salience and personal experience of dying and death from a base of substantial cross cultural data....Should become essential reading as well as an indispensable teaching tool."--Nexus "Good book. Will keep students' interest."--D.C. (neanderthal) Phillipe, Morehead State University "...appears to be rather attractively produced, well written and comprehensive."--Darrell Crase, Memphis State University "Well organized- excellent selection to topics- excellent style of presentation."--Howard Starr, Austin College "I have been teaching Death and Dying for 17 years. At last a readable, well-documented and thoughtfully comprehensive sociology text has arrived. My congratulations to Kearl. I'm looking forward to the students' reactions this spring."--Natalie Rosel, New College of the University of Southern Florida "An impressive and highly readable overview of our cultural conceptions and research findings about death....An indispensible resource for anyone interested in death or indeed in the human condition."--Roy F. Baumeister, Case Western Reserve University "Finally, a comprehensive and lively sociological approach to death and dying. The best text in the field."--Edward J. Silvia, El Paso Community College "There is much of value in this textbook....Kearl uses all the media available to him to lend substance to his arguments. Indeed it is this richness, together with the breadth of his inquiries, that lies at the heart of the text's strength....Written clearly and, most importantly, by someone who has obviously tried to convey many of the ideas verbally in classes and seminars. It is, consequently, both stimulating and readable."--British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

ISBN: 9780195045154
ISBN-10: 0195045157
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 26th October 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.9  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.9