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The Death Café Movement

Exploring the Horizons of Mortality

Authors: Fong, Jack

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  • Presents the first sustained sociological analysis of death cafes, a growing phenomenon across the world 
  • Employs a range of sociological theories that are notable for their usual absence in death studies
  • Based on extensive research from over 2 years spent observing death cafe meetings
  • Aptly places 'talk' at the center of the analysis 
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This sociological work examines the phenomenon of the Death Café, a regular gathering of strangers from all walks of life who engage in “death talk” over coffee, tea, and desserts. Using insightful theoretical frameworks, Fong explores the common themes that constitute a “death identity” and reveals how Café attendees are inspired to live in light of death because of death. Fong examines how the participants’ embrace of self-sovereignty and confrontation of mortality revive their awareness of and appreciation for shared humanity. While divisive identity politics continue to foster neo-tribalisms and the construction of myriad “others,”  Fong makes visible how those who participate in Death Cafés end up building community while being inspired toward living more fulfilling lives. Through death talk unfettered from systemic control, they end up feeling more agency over their own lived lives as well as being more conscious of the possibility of a  good death. According to Fong, participants in this phenomenon offer us a sublime way to confront the facticity of our own demise—by gathering as one.

About the authors

Jack Fong is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA. 

Reviews

“This is an interesting book, offering a theoretical approach to the death café movement that requires further exploration.” (Glenys Caswell, Mortality, Vol. 24 (3), 2019)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Coffee and Death

    Pages 1-34

    Fong, Jack

  • Baby Boomers and the Death Café

    Pages 35-52

    Fong, Jack

  • Habermas’s Theory of Communicative Action and the Colonization of the Lifeworld

    Pages 53-86

    Fong, Jack

  • Death Sentiments and Death Themes

    Pages 87-169

    Fong, Jack

  • Enhancing Habermas with Erich Fromm and Kurt Wolff

    Pages 171-200

    Fong, Jack

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eBook $19.99
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Hardcover $119.99
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Softcover $29.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Death Café Movement
Book Subtitle
Exploring the Horizons of Mortality
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54256-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54256-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54255-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85353-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 284
Number of Illustrations
59 b/w illustrations
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