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The Matter of Death : Space, Place and Materiality - Jenny Hockey

The Matter of Death

Space, Place and Materiality

By: Jenny Hockey (Editor), Carol Komaromy (Editor), Kate Woodthorpe (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2010
ISBN: 9780230224162
Number Of Pages: 270

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This stimulating and thought-provoking book is focused on the various spaces, places and material culture with which people come into contact when dealing with death. It covers the disciplinary perspectives of anthropology, history, sociology and theology, and its scope ranges across the spaces in hospitals where death occurs, to the spaces in which bodies are viewed after death; it also considers the political nature of memorialising activities, and the therapeutic value of visiting places of death, for example, after suicide. The chapters provide rich and current data from a large number of recent UK-based and international projects that examine various forms of death, dying and bereavement, providing insight into the different ways in which dying and bereaved people interact with the environment around them, and `the matter' of death.

List of Figures and Tablep. ix
Biographical Informationp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Materialising Absencep. 1
Never Say Die: CPR in Hospital Spacep. 19
Making Hospice Spacep. 35
Dying Spaces in Dying Placesp. 52
The Materialities of Absence after Stillbirth: Historical Perspectivesp. 69
Distributed Personhood and the Transformation of Agency: An Anthropological Perspective on Inquestsp. 85
Behind Closed Doors? Corpses and Mourners in English and American Funeral Premisesp. 100
Private Grief in Public Spaces: Interpreting Memorialisation in the Contemporary Cemeteryp. 117
Wandering Lines and Cul-de-sacs: Trajectories of Ashes in the United Kingdomp. 133
Natural Burial: The De-materialising of Death?p. 148
What Will the Neighbours Say? Reactions to Field and Garden Burialp. 165
Memorialising the Suicide Victim: 'Walking the Walk'p. 178
Potent Reminders: An Examination of Responses to Roadside Memorials In Irelandp. 195
Geographies of the Sprit Worldp. 208
Recovering Presencep. 223
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 254
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ISBN: 9780230224162
ISBN-10: 0230224164
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 16th July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1