Death Matters

Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life

Editors: Holmberg, Tora, Jonsson, Annika, Palm, Fredrik (Eds.)

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  • Provides a deeper understanding of how death comes to matter in contemporary social affairs
    Applies a shared cultural sociological focus on a variety case studies, inspiring and stimulating further discussions in the field of death studies
    Analyses how death emerges in processes of subjectivity and materiality in everyday life

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This book investigates death as part of contemporary everyday experience and practices. Through a cultural sociological lens, it studies death as it remains constantly at the edge of our consciousness, shaping the ways in which we move through social reality. As such, Death Matters is a significant contribution to death studies, going beyond traditional parameters of the field by addressing the cultural omnipresence of death.

The contributions analyse several death-related meaning-making processes, arguing that meanings emerging from culturally shared narratives, social institutions, and material conditions, are just as important as ’death practices’ in understanding the role of death in society. Drawing on the related themes of places of absence and presence, disease and bodies, and persons and non-persons, the authors explore a variety of areas of social life, from haunting to celebrity deaths, to move the notion of death from the margins of social reality to ongoing everyday life.

This far-reaching collection will be of use to scholars and students across death studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, culture, media and communication studies.

About the authors

Tora Holmberg is Professor in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

 

Annika Jonsson is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social and Psychological Studies, University of Karlstad, Sweden.

 

Fredrik Palm is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden. 


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-11485-5
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Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-11484-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Death Matters
Book Subtitle
Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life
Editors
  • Tora Holmberg
  • Annika Jonsson
  • Fredrik Palm
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11485-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11485-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11484-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 289
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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