Beyond the Body
Death and Social Identity
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Beyond the Body by Elizabeth Hallam
Book DescriptionBeyond the Body presents a new and sophisticated approach to death, dying and bereavement, and the sociology of the body. The authors challenge existing theories that put the body at the centre of identity. They go 'beyond the body' to highlight the persistence of self-identity even when the body itself has been disposed of or is missing. Chapters draw together a wide range of empirical data, including cross-cultural case studies and fieldwork to examine both the management of the corpse and the construction of the 'soul' or 'spirit' by focusing on the work of: *undertakers *embalmers *coroners *clergy *clairvoyants *exorcists *bereavement counsellors.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415182911
(216mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Making and Growing, Hardback (March 2014)
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Creativity and Cultural Improvisation, Paperback (April 2008)» View all books by Elizabeth Hallam
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