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The Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlife

Edited by: Candi K. Cann

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138682160
eBook ISBN: 9781315545349
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This Handbook traces the history of the changing notion of what it means to die and examines the many constructions of afterlife in literature, text, ritual, and material culture throughout time. The Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlife is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject. Comprising twenty-nine chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into three parts and covers the following important themes:

  • The study of dying, death, and grief
  • Disposal of the dead: past, present, and future
  • Representations of death: narratives and rhetoric
  • Youth meets death: a juxtaposition
  • Questionable deaths and afterlives: suicide, ghosts, and avatars
  • Material corpses and imagined afterlives around the world

Within these sections, central issues, debates, and problems are examined, including: the world of death and dying from various cultural viewpoints and timeframes, cultural and social constructions of the definition of death, disposal practices, and views of the afterlife.

The Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlife is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  State of the field of death in the United States Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Brain death and the politics of religion Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Understanding grief Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Symbolizing imperial affiliation in death Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Romanian Orthodox Church and issues of cremation  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Reframing sites of the dead in Brazil Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Stand by me Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Politics of death and mortuary rituals in Trinidadian Hinduism Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The right to be dead Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Post Mortem (2010) Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Mourning deaths and constructing afterlives in the Red Army at war Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Corpses that preach Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Photographing human finitude Download PDF
Chapter  15:  De imago to word Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The comprehension of death and afterlife in children Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The effects of parental death on religiosity within an American context Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Ashes to ashes Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Exeunt Download PDF
Chapter  20:  How not to become a ghost Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The cat came back’ Download PDF
Chapter  22:  From ancestors to avatarsfrom ancestors to avatars Download PDF
Chapter  23:  From the underworld of yama to the island of Gems Download PDF
Chapter  24:  A broad survey of zulu ancestor veneration and the challenges it faceszulu ancestor veneration, its challenges Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Death and life in a pluralistic societydeath and life in a pluralistic society Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Viking death Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Death, resurrection, and the world to comedeath, resurrection, and the world to come Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The afterlife and deathan islamic perspective Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Coffins, candles, and camerasaspects of brazilian funerals Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Buying an afterlifebuying an afterlife Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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