Death and Dying
A Sociological Introduction
By (author) Glennys Howarth
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Death and Dying by Glennys Howarth
Book DescriptionThis stimulating new book provides a sophisticated introduction to the key issues in the sociology of death and dying. In recent years, the social sciences have seen an upsurge of interest in death and dying. The fascination with death is reflected in popular media such as newspapers, television documentaries, films and soaps, and, moreover, in the multiplying range of professional roles associated with dying and death. Yet despite its ubiquitous significance, the majority of texts in the field have been written primarily for health professionals. This book breaks with that tradition. It provides a cutting edge, comprehensive discussion of the key topics in death and dying and in so doing demonstrates that the study of mortality is germane to all areas of sociology. The book is organised thematically, utilising empirical material from cross-national and cross-cultural perspectives. It carefully addresses questions about social attitudes to mortality, the social nature of death and dying, explanations for change and diversity in approaches, and traditional, modern and postmodern experiences of death. Death and Dying will appeal to students across the social sciences, as well as professionals whose work brings them into contact with dying or bereaved people.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745625331
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 20-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Glennys Howarth
Death and Dying, Paperback (November 2006)
* This stimulating new book provides a sophisticated introduction to the key issues in the sociology of death and dying. * Despite widespread interest across the social sciences in these issues of late, most textbooks have been written with the needs of health professionals in mind.
Changing Face of Death, Hardback (January 1997)» View all books by Glennys Howarth
This work argues that attitudes to death and to disposal are formed culturally. It examines the factors in the formation and decline of such attitudes by analyzing specific issues from the 15th to the 20th century.
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Author Biography - Glennys Howarth
G. Howarth, Reader in Sociology, University of Bath
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