Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science

Death Across Cultures

Death and Dying in Non-Western Cultures

Editors: Selin, Helaine, Rakoff, Robert M. (Eds.)

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  • Cross-cultural perspectivesAccessible but based on current scholarshipDeals with the period before death and not just with death and funerals

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Death Across Cultures: Death and Dying in Non-Western Cultures, explores death practices and beliefs, before and after death, around the non-Western world. It includes chapters on countries in Africa, Asia, South America, as well as indigenous people in Australia and North America.  These chapters address changes in death rituals and beliefs, medicalization and the industry of death, and the different ways cultures mediate the impacts of modernity. Comparative studies with the west and among countries are included. This book brings together global research conducted by anthropologists, social scientists and scholars who work closely with individuals from the cultures they are writing about.

About the authors

Helaine Selin was a Faculty Associate and Science Librarian at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, from which she retired in 2012. She is the editor of the Encyclopedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures (3rd ed. Springer 2016) and seven books in Springer’s Science Across Cultures series, on Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicine, Nature, Childbirth, Parenting, and Happiness.

Robert M. Rakoff, emeritus professor of politics and environmental studies at Hampshire College, received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington in the U.S.He taught at the University of Illinois/Chicago and worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development before coming to Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts in 1979.His teaching and research interests include environmental history and policy; the politics of land use; US welfare policy; the cultural construction of nature; creative non-fiction writing about the outdoors; and the political economy of farming and rural life.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

Table of contents (22 chapters)
  • The Evolution of Funerary Ritual in Urbanizing China

    Pages 1-17

    Kipnis, Andrew B.

  • Belief in Karma and Mokṣa at the End of Life in India

    Pages 19-39

    Gielen, Joris (et al.)

  • Death and the Afterlife in Japan

    Pages 41-55

    Mathews, Gordon

  • Return to Nature? Secularism and Politics of Death Space in Hong Kong

    Pages 57-74

    Chan, Yuk Wah

  • Death and Dying: Belief, Fear and Ritual in Vietnamese Culture

    Pages 75-82

    Son, Nguyen Duc (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Death Across Cultures
Book Subtitle
Death and Dying in Non-Western Cultures
Editors
  • Helaine Selin
  • Robert M. Rakoff
Series Title
Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18826-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18826-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18825-2
Series ISSN
1568-2145
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 389
Number of Illustrations
60 b/w illustrations
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