Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Death, Dying and Disposal

  • Glennys Howarth
  • Peter C. Jupp

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Locating Death in Modern Western Societies

  3. Social Representations of Death

  4. The Role of Health and Death Workers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. David Field
      Pages 111-123
    3. Margaret Mitchell
      Pages 137-148
  5. Social Implications of Legal and Medical Responses to Death and Dying

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-225

About this book


This book utilises a dynamic analysis of mortality to acknowledge shifts of emphasis in cultural and religious traditions. A central concern is the diversity of representations of death to be found within the varying cultural, religious, medical and legal systems of contemporary western societies. Since the construction of death mores has social implications, a major element of the book is an examination of the way in which groups and individuals employ specific representations of mortality in order to generate meaning and purpose for life and death.


anthropology care childhood culture education euthanasia Familie mass media mortality Nation Ritual sociology Tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Glennys Howarth
    • 1
  • Peter C. Jupp
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SussexUK
  2. 2.Institute of Community StudiesLondonUK

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