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Encyclopedia of cremation /
edited by Douglas J. Davies with Lewis H. Mates.
imprint
Aldershot, England : Ashgate, 2005
description
xxvii, 488 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0754637735 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Aldershot, England : Ashgate, 2005
isbn
0754637735 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5739415
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [475]-477) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-06-01:
A recognized author in the historical, religious, and sociological study of death, editor Davies turns his focus to cremation, drawing on the Archive of the British Cremation Society, housed at his institution, the UK's Durham University. The more than 100 contributors represent academics, law, religious study, many international perspectives, and the professional practice of cremation. This encyclopedia does not delineate parameters for selection and inclusion of entries. Country/region and various religious overviews dominate the entries, with emphasis also on industry practice; historical and contemporary individuals who have influenced thought or practice related to cremation; and relevant issues surrounding death. Treatment is admirably interdisciplinary, integrating sociological, psychological, historical, legal, theological, scientific, engineering, and artistic perspectives, along with political and economic dimensions of the practice.Entries, other than those related to geography or faith, run from "advertising," "ashes," and "cremators" to "Freemasonry," "literary cremation," "Nazi cremation," "war," and "vampires" (a stake in the heart is judged not reliable enough, but cremation of remains is considered to assure nonreturn of these beings). This work also presents yearly cremation statistics from 47 countries throughout the world from 1876 to the present. The "Chronology of Cremation" begins in 8,000 BCE with cremation in China and runs to 2003, when US military officials ruled out use of cremation to dispose of victims of chemical and biological agents during the second Gulf War. Due to the narrow subject focus and the relatively high cost, this work is suitable only for appropriately specialized libraries. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Libraries supporting programs in death studies and related fields, at the upper-division undergraduate level and above; two-year technical program students. J. A. Adams-Volpe University at Buffalo, SUNY
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The Encyclopedia of Cremation is the first major reference resource focused on cremation. Spanning many world cultures it documents regional histories, ideological movements and leading individuals that fostered cremation whilst also presenting cremation as a universal practice. Tracing ancient and classical cremation sites, historical and contemporary cremation processes and procedures of both scientific and legal kind, the encyclopedia also includes sections on specific cremation rituals, architecture, art and text. Features in the volume include: a general introduction and editorial introductions to sub-sections by Douglas Davies, an international specialist in death studies; appendices of world cremation statistics and a chronology of cremation; cross-referencing pathways through the entries via the index; individual entry bibliographies; and illustrations. This major international reference work is also an essential source book for students on the growing number of death-studies courses and wider studies in religion, anthropology or sociology.
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Cremation is the first major reference resource focused on cremation. Spanning many world cultures it documents regional histories, ideological movements and leading individuals that fostered cremation while also presenting cremation as a universal practice. This work is also an essential sourcebook for students on the growing number of death-studies courses and wider studies in religion, anthropology or sociology.
Unpaid Annotation
This is the first major reference resource focused on cremation. Spanning many cultures, it documents regional histories, ideological movements and leading individuals that fostered cremation while also presenting cremation as a universal practice. This work is also an essential sourcebook for students on the growing number of death studies courses and wider studies in religion, anthropology or sociology.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This encyclopedia covers the sociological, psychological, historical, legal, philosophical, theological and religious aspects of cremation, as well as the scientific, medical and engineering issues surrounding cremation as a human endeavour.
Table of Contents
Introduction
A-Z Entries
Cremation statistics
Chronology of cremation
Cremation Society Archive Sources
Select bibliography
Index
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