The Social Construction of Death

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Leen Van Brussel
  • Nico Carpentier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Leen Van Brussel, Nico Carpentier
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Social Construction of Death

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Linda Liska Belgrave, Kathy Charmaz
      Pages 34-51
    3. John Cromby, Adele Phillips
      Pages 52-72
  4. Death in Popular Media

  5. Political and Ethical Dimensions of Death

  6. ‘Governing’ Death and the Dead

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 271-278

About this book


Chapter 12 of this book is open access under a CC BY license. 

Well-established scholars from a variety of disciplines - including sociology, anthropology, media and cultural studies, and political sciences – use the social construction of death and dying to analyse a wide variety of meaning-making practices in societal fields such as ethics, politics, media, medicine and family.


Thanatology Death Studies Social Construction Social Constructionism Social Constructivism Post-structuralism anthropology Cultural Studies ethics Familie grounded theory media memory Nation political science politics sociology television

Editors and affiliations

  • Leen Van Brussel
    • 1
  • Nico Carpentier
    • 1
  1. 1.Communication Studies DepartmentVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)Belgium

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