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Handbook of Death and Dying

Two Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Clifton D. Bryant - Virginia Tech University, USA, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan

© 2003 | 1 144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This is a singular reference tool . . . essential for academic libraries."
--Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Students, professionals, and scholars in the social sciences and health professions are fortunate to have the 'unwieldy corpus of knowledge and literature' on death studies organized and integrated. Highly recommended for all collections."
--CHOICE

"Excellent and highly recommended."
--BOOKLIST

"Well researched with lengthy bibliographies . . . The index is rich with See and See Also references . . . Its multidisciplinary nature makes it an excellent addition to academic collections."
--LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Researchers and students in many social sciences and humanities disciplines, the health and legal professions, and mortuary science will find the Handbook of Death and Dying valuable. Lay readers will also appreciate the Handbook's wide-ranging coverage of death-related topics. Recommended for academic, health sciences, and large public libraries."
--E-STREAMS

Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications.

The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field of thanatology, arranging and synthesizing what has been an unwieldy body of knowledge into a concise, yet comprehensive reference work. This two-volume handbook will provide direction and momentum to the study of death-related behavior for many years to come.

Key Features

  • More than 100 contributors representing authoritative expertise in a diverse array of disciplines
    • Anthropology
    • Family Studies
    • History
    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Mortuary Science
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Social work
    • Sociology
    • Theology
  • A distinguished editorial board of leading scholars and researchers in the field
  • More than 100 definitive essays covering almost every dimension of death-related behavior
  • Comprehensive and inclusive, exploring concepts and social patterns within the larger topical concern
  • Journal article length essays that address topics with appropriate detail
  • Multidisciplinary and cross-cultural coverage

 

EDITORIAL BOARD  

Clifton D. Bryant, Editor-in-Chief  

Patty M. Bryant, Managing Editor 

Charles K. Edgley, Associate Editor 

Michael R. Leming, Associate Editor 

Dennis L. Peck, Associate Editor

Kent L. Sandstrom, Associate Editor 

Watson F. Rogers, II, Assistant Editor

VOLUME ONE: THE PRESENCE OF DEATH  
 
Preface: A Thanatological Odyssey
Death in Legal Context  
 
Introduction
PART I  
DEATH IN CULTURAL CONTEXT  
CONFRONTING DEATH  
Calvin Conzelus Moore and John B. Williamson
The Universal Fear of Death and the Cultural Response
William R. Wood and John B. Williamson
Historical Changes in the Meaning of Death in the Western Tradition
Michael R. Taylor
Dealing With Death: Western Philosophical Strategies
Bert Hayslip, Jr.
Death Denial: Hiding and Camouflaging Death
Keith F. Durkin
Death, Dying, and the Dead in Popular Culture
Kenneth J. Doka
The Death Awareness Movement: Description, History, and Analysis
KEEPING THE DEAD ALIVE  
Charles F. Emmons
The Spiritualist Movement: Bringing the Dead Back
Jane Dillon
Reincarnation: The Technology of Death
Clifton D. Bryant
Hosts and Ghosts: The Dead as Visitors in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Charles F. Emmons
Ghosts: The Dead Among Us
Keith P. Jacobi
The Malevolent "Undead": Cross-Cultural Perspectives
TRANSCENDING DEATH: RELIGIOUS AFTER-DEATH BELIEFS  
John D. Morgan
Spirituality
Michael R. Leming
Religion and the Mediation of Death Fear
Donald E. Gowan
Christian Beliefs Concerning Death and Life After Death
Tillman Rodabough and Kyle Cole
Near-Death Experiences as Secular Eschatology
DEATH AND SOCIAL EXCHANGE  
Dennis L. Peck
Life Insurance as Social Exchange Mechanism
Timothy W. Wolfe and Clifton D. Bryant
Full Military Honors": Ceremonial Interment as Sacred Compact
Lee Garth Vigilant and John B. Williamson
Symbolic Immortality and Social Theory: The Relevance of an Underutilized Concept
PART II  
DEATH IN SOCIAL CONTEXT: VARIANTS IN MORALITY AND MEANING  
THE SOCIAL MODES OF DEATH: THE IMPORT OF CONTEXT AND CIRCUMSTANCES  
Vicki L. Lamb
Historical and Epidemiological Trends in Mortality in the United States
Clive Seale
Global Mortality Rates: Variations and Their Consequences for the Experience of Dying
Lee Garth Vigilant and John B. Williamson
To Die, by Mistake: Accidental Deaths
Jerome Rosenberg and Dennis L. Peck
Megadeaths: Individual Reactions and Social Responses to Massive Loss of Life
Lee Garth Vigilant and John B. Williamson
On the Role and Meaning of Death in Terrorism
Jerry T. McKnight and Pat Norton
Death Attributed to Medical Error
Steven A. Egger and Kim Egger
Homicidal Death
PRE-PERSONALITY DEATHS  
Jack P. Carter
Pre-Personality Pregnancy Losses: Miscarriages, Stillbirths, and Abortions
Charles A. Corr and Donna M. Corr
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
DEATH AS SOCIAL ENTITY: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF DEATH  
Tillman Rodabough
The Evolution of the Legal Definition of Death
Charles A. Corr and Donna M. Corr
Death Education
DEATH AS INTERMISSION: THE CONTINUATION OF IDENTITY  
Jack Kamerman
The Postself in Social Context
PART III  
DEATH AND SOCIAL CONTROVERSY  
SUICIDE  
Alan H. Marks
Historical Suicide
Dennis L. Peck
Suicide and Suicide Trends in the United States, 1900-1999
John L. McIntosh
Suicide Survivors: The Aftermath of Suicide and Suicidal Behavior
David Lester
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Suicide
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT  
Trina N. Seitz
A History of Execution Methods in the United States
Stephanie Picolo Manzi
Capital Punishment in the United States
J. Robert Lilly
Military Executions
ABORTION  
Michael C. Kearl
The Abortion Issue in the United States
THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC  
Robin D. Moremen
Dying of AIDS and Social Stigmatization
EUTHANASIA  
Gail C. Walker
Medical Euthanasia
ABORTION  
Michael C. Kearl
The Abortion Issue in the United States
Monika Ardelt
Physician-Assisted Death
PART IV  
PASSING AWAY: DYING AS SOCIAL PROCESS  
DEATH AS SOCIAL PROCESS: THE APPROACH OF DEATH  
Bert Hayslip, Jr., and Robert O. Hansson
Death Awareness and Adjustment Across the Life Span
Charles Edgley
Dying as Deviance: An Update on the Relationship Between Terminal Patients and Medical Settings
DEATH AS SOCIAL PROCESS: DYING  
Graves E. Enck
The Dying Process
Kent L. Sandstrom
On Coming to Terms With Death and Dying: Neglected Dimensions of Identity Work
THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT OF DEATH  
THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC  
Robin D. Moremen
Dying of AIDS and Social Stigmatization
EUTHANASIA  
Gail C. Walker
Medical Euthanasia
Sarah Brabant
Death in Two Settings: The Acute Care Facility and Hospice
Michael R. Leming
The History of the Hospice Approach
Francis D. Glamser and Donald A. Cabana
Dying in a Total Institution: The Case of Death in Prison
Pamela J. Kovacs and David P. Fauri
Formal and Informal Caregiving at the End of Life
VOLUME TWO: THE RESPONSE TO DEATH  
Before the Funeral  
Alan E. Stewart and Janice Harris Lord
The Death Notification Process
James Claude Upshaw Downs
The Autopsy
Melissa Johnson Williams
A Social History of Embalming
The Organizational Resonse to Death  
Morten G. Ender, Paul T. Bartone, Thomas A. Kolditz
Fallen Soldiers
Watson Rogers II, Clifton D. Bryant
Death-Related Works Systems Outside the Funeral Home
Funeralization in the United States  
Paul David Nygard and Catherine H. Reilly
The American Family and the Processing of Death Prior to the 20th Century
Jerome J. Salomone
The Evolution of the Funeral Home and the Occupation of Funeral Driector
Bert Hayslip, Jr., Kenneth W. Sewell, Russell B. Riddle
The American Funeral
James L. Moore III and Clifton D. Bryant
Black Funeralization and Culturally Grounded Services
Dwayne A. Banks
On the Economics of Death in the United States
Funerlization in Cross-Cultural Perspective  
Brian Parsons
The Funeral and the Funeral Industry in the United Kingdom
Florence Vandendorpe
Practices Surrounding the Dead in French-Speaking Belgium
Florence Vandendorpe
Practices Surrounding the Dead in French-Speaking Belgium
Gerry R. Cox
The Native American Way of Death
Anantanand Rambachan
The Hindu Way of Death
Dawood H. Sultan
The Muslim Way of Death
Hikaru Suzuki
The Japanese Way of Death
Linda Sun Crowder
The Taoist (Chinese) Way of Death
Ruben Schindler
The Jewish Way of Death
Postfuneralization Activities  
Joyce E. Williams
Obituaries
Joseph E. Boyle
Gracing God's Acres: Some Notes on a Typology of Cemetery Visitation in Western Cultures
Jon K. Reid
Impromptu Memorials to the Dead
Willam J. Hauser and AnneMarie Scarisbrick-Hauser
Death and Community Responses: Comfort Community and Culture
Ann M. Palkovich and Ann Korologos Bazaronne
Monuments in Motion: Gravemarkers, Cemeteries, and Memorials as Material Form and Context
PART VI  
Body Disposition  
Disposing of the Dead: Elysium as Real Estate  
Vicky M. MacLean and Joyce E. Willams
The History of the American Cemetery and Some Reflections on teh Meaning of Death
David D. Witt
Pet Burial in the United States
Disposing of the Dead: Options and Alternatives  
Douglas J. Davies
Cremation
Kelly A. Joyce and John B. Williamson
Body Recycling
Clifton D. Bryant and Willam E. Snizek
The Iceman Cometh: The Cryonics Movements and Frozen Immortality
DeAnn K. Gauthier, Nancy K. Chaudior, and Rhonda D. Evans
Disposing of the Dead: Minor Modes
Disposing of the Dead: Other Times, Other Places  
Harold Mytum
The Social History of the European Cemetery
Keith P. Jacobi
Body Disposition in Cross-Cultural Context: Prehistoric and Modern Non-Western Societies
Peter Lacovara adn John Baines
Mummification and Mummies in Ancient Egypt
PART VII:THANATOLOGICAL AFTERMATH  
Grief and Bereavement  
David E. Balk
The Evolution of Mourning and the Bereavement Role in the United States: Middle- and Upper-Class Americans
Maria I. Vera
Social Dimensions of Grief
Robert A. Neimeyer and Lois A. Gamino
The Experience of Grief and Bereavement
Paul C. Rosenblatt
Bereavement in Cross-Cultural Perspective
The Social Impact of Survivorhood  
Felix M. Berardo
Widowhood and Its Social Implications
Eric Lichten
Children and the Death of a Parent
Sangeeta Singg
Parents and the Death of a Child
PART VIII: THE LEGALITIES OF DEATH  
Death in Legal Contex  
Carolyn Pevey
Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Dennis L. Peck
The Death Certificate: Civil Registration, Medical Certification, and Social Issues
James Claude Upshaw Downs
Coroner and Medical Examiner
Death, Succession, and the Testamentory Inheritance  
Robert K. Miller, Jr., Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld, and Stephen J. McNamee
The Disposition of Property: Transfers Between the Dead and the Living
Clifton D. Bryant and Willaim E. Snizek
The Last Will and Testament: A Neglected Document in Sociological Research
The Legal Regulation of Death-Related Activities  
Todd W. Van Beck
The Regulation of Mortuary Science Education
Robert M. Fells
Cemetery Regulation in the United States
Death and Legal Blame  
Thomas J. Vesper
Death and Legal Blame: Wrongful Death
Frances P. Bernat
Negligent Death and Manslaughter
The Dead as Legal Entity  
Clifton D. Bryant
"Thanatological Crime": Some Conceptual Notes on Offenses Against the Dead as a Neglected Form of Deviant Behavior
PART IX: THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION AND THE RESPONSE TO DEATH  
Art  
Charles E. Walton
Death in Art
Literature  
Diana Royer
Cultural Concern with Death in Literature
Music  
Robert Kastenbaum
"Arise, Ye More Than Dead!" Culture, Music, and Death
Organic Sculpture  
Clifton D. Bryant and Donald J. Shoemaker
Dead Zoo Chic: Some Conceptual Notes on Taxidermy in American Social Life
PART X: THE FUTURE OF DEATH  
Clifton D. Bryant, Charles Edgley, Michael R. Leming, Dennis L. Peck, and Kent L. Sandstrom
Death in the Future: Prospects and Prognosis

“Well researched with lengthy bibliographies . . . The index is rich with See and See Also references . . . Its multidisciplinary nature makes it an excellent addition to academic collections.”

LIBRARY JOURNAL

Researchers and students in many social sciences and humanities disciplines, the health and legal professions, and mortuary science will find the Handbook of Death and Dying valuable. Lay readers will also appreciate the Handbook’s wide-ranging coverage of death-related topics. Recommended for academic, health sciences, and large public libraries.

E-STREAMS


"Students, professionals, and scholars in the social sciences and health professions are fortunate to have the 'unwidely corpus of knowledge and literature' on death studies organized and integrated."

M.K. Hartung
Florida Gulf Coast University
CHOICE

"This is a well-researched and truly scholarly work that will be a classic in thanatology, the study of death and dying, for years to come. The Handbook of Death & Dying is highly recommended for public, academic, undergraduate, graduate, and medical libraries."

Lynn M. McMain
American Reference Books Annual
American Reference Books Annual

"Excellent and highly recommended."

Booklist

Students, professionals, and scholars in the social sciences and health professions are fortunate to have the 'unwieldy corpus of knowledge and literature' on death studies organized and integrated. Highly recommended for all collections.

CHOICE

This is a singular reference tool . . . essential for academic libraries.

Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Sage's two-volume Handbook of Death & Dying, a 2003 RUSA Best Reference, has a place in most reference collections, but it is almost erroneous to call it a handbook. Its scholarly essays are comprehensive and integrate individual concepts. And, like those in any encyclopedia, they have conclusion sections and further reading lists, so it makes sense to keep it in reference. What's more, resources on this topic are hard to come by."

Mark L. Shores
Ball State University Library

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