Death Matters pp 265-279 | Cite as

Mortality and Culture: Do Death Matters Matter?

  • Ruth Penfold-MounceEmail author


In this closing chapter, the question will be posed as to whether death matters matter. A case is argued that there is significant value in looking awry at death and examining mortality beyond its typical thanatological domain. First, using popular culture as an example of looking awry at death, it will be asserted that adopting a cultural sociological approach to mortality allows for immersion in a rich and underutilized arena for both death scholarship and sociology. Second, and finally, a reflection is made upon the vital and compelling contribution of Death Matters: Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life to scholarship highlighting the significance of adopting a cultural sociological approach and using death as a springboard for new and creative thinking in sociology.


Cultural sociology Death Thanatology Popular culture Looking awry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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