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Endings [electronic resource] : a sociology of death and dying /
Michael C. Kearl.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
description
xix, 521 p. : ill.
ISBN
0195045157 (Cloth)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
isbn
0195045157 (Cloth)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007).
catalogue key
7372473
 
Includes bibliographies and index.
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"A comprehensive and contemplative textbook in cross cultural perspective [which] provides us with an important starting point....Kearl advances the art of textbook writing well beyond the safe conventions by constructing an elaborate argument for the systematic study of the salience andpersonal experience of dying and death from a base of substantial cross cultural data....Should become essential reading as well as an indispensable teaching tool."--Nexus
"A comprehensive and contemplative textbook on death and dying in cross cultural perspective."--Nexus
"A comprehensive and contemplative textbook on death and dying in cross cultural perspective....Written in a clear and...clever style....Suitable for senior undergraduate courses in aging and in dying studies and can be heartily recommended for students not only in Anthropology, but also inSociology, Psychology, and Cultural History."--Nexus
"A comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance....With the sociology of culture growing, Kearl's discussion of various real and symbolic aspects of death, dying,and endings is a wonderful place to start."--Contemporary Sociology
"A comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance....With the sociology of culture growing, Kearl's discussion of various real and symbolic aspects of death, dying, and endings is a wonderful place to start."--Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive treatment of the subject from a sociological perspective."--Rrobin Moremenuili, Northern Illinois University "Comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance."--Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive and contemplative textbook on death and dying in cross cultural perspective."--Nexus "The strength of this text is itts thorough socioological delineation of all the institutions and influences that bear upon the experience of death shared by many...Americans."--Teaching Sociology
"A comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance....With the sociology of culture growing, Kearl's discussion of various real and symbolic aspects of death, dying, and endings is a wonderful place to start."-- Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive treatment of the subject from a sociological perspective."--Rrobin Moremenuili, Northern Illinois University "Comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance."-- Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive and contemplative textbook on death and dying in cross cultural perspective."-- Nexus "The strength of this text is itts thorough socioological delineation of all the institutions and influences that bear upon the experience of death shared by many...Americans."-- Teaching Sociology
"A comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance....With the sociology of culture growing, Kearl's discussion of various real and symbolic aspects of death, dying, and endings is a wonderful place to start."--Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive treatment of the subject from a sociological perspective."--Rrobin Moremenuili,Northern Illinois University "Comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance."--Contemporary Sociology "A comprehensive and contemplative textbook on death and dying in cross cultural perspective."--Nexus "The strength of this text is itts thorough socioological delineation of all the institutions and influences that bear upon the experience of death shared by many...Americans."--Teaching Sociology
"A comprehensive treatment of the subject from a sociological perspective."--Rrobin Moremenuili, Northern Illinois University
"A most comprehensive and detailed book on the sociology of death....The author writes in a clear and concise yet interesting manner. Additionally, tables, vignettes, notes and conclusions also help enhance the learning process. The author is to be lauded."--Ageing and Society
"Comprehensive and fascinating introduction to the sociology of death and dying. It could easily be used for classes ranging from gerontology and the life course to deviance."--Contemporary Sociology
"Excellent up-to-date perspective of many aspects of death in our culture. Touches on some many facets not found anywhere else."--Jane For Tarr, Clarion University
"Excellent work. Beautifully written and well documented....Eloquent and attractive."--C. Allen Haney, University of Houston
"The strength of this text is its thorough sociological delineation of all the institutions and influences that bear upon the experience of death shared by many...Americans."--Teaching Sociology
"The strength of this text is itts thorough socioological delineation of all the institutions and influences that bear upon the experience of death shared by many...Americans."--Teaching Sociology
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Summaries
Long Description
Arguing that death is the central force shaping our social life and order, Michael Kearl draws on anthropology, religion, politics, philosophy, the natural sciences, economics, and psychology to provide a broad sociological perspective on the interrelationships of life and death, showing how death contributes to social change and how the meanings of death are generated to serve social functions. Working from a social as well as a psychological perspective, Kearl analyzes traditional topics, including aging, suicide, grief, and medical ethics while also examining current issues such as the impact of the AIDS epidemic on social trust, governments' use of death symbolism, the business of death and dying, the political economy of doomsday weaponry, and death in popular culture. Incisive and original, this book maps the separate contributions of various social institutions to American attitudes toward death, observing the influence of each upon the broader cultural outlook on life.
Long Description
Arguing that death is the central force shaping our social life and order, Michael Kearl draws on a wide variety of disciplines to provide a broad sociological perspective on the interrelationships of life and death. He shows how death contributes to social change, and how the meanings of death are generated to serve social functions.Working from a social as well as a psychological perspective, Kearl analyses traditional topics, including ageing, suicide, grief, and medical ethics. He also examines current issues such as the impact of the AIDS epidemic on social trust, governments' use of death in symbolism, the business of death and dying, the political economy of doomsday weaponry, and death in popular culture.
Main Description
Arguing that death is the central force shaping our social life and order, Michael Kearl draws on anthropology, religion, politics, philosophy, the natural sciences, economics, and psychology to provide a broad sociological perspective on the interrelationships of life and death, showing howdeath contributes to social change and how the meanings of death are generated to serve social functions. Working from a social as well as a psychological perspective, Kearl analyzes traditional topics, including aging, suicide, grief, and medical ethics while also examining current issues such asthe impact of the AIDS epidemic on social trust, governments' use of death symbolism, the business of death and dying, the political economy of doomsday weaponry, and death in popular culture. Incisive and original, this book maps the separate contributions of various social institutions to Americanattitudes toward death, observing the influence of each upon the broader cultural outlook on life.

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