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Beyond the Body

Death and Social Identity

Beyond the Body by Elizabeth Hallam
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Beyond the Body presents a new and sophisticated approach to death, dying and bereavement, and the sociology of the body. The authors challenge existing theories that put the body at the centre of identity. They go 'beyond the body' to highlight the persistence of self-identity even when the body itself has been disposed of or is missing.
Chapters draw together a wide range of empirical data, including cross-cultural case studies and fieldwork to examine both the management of the corpse and the construction of the 'soul' or 'spirit' by focusing on the work of:
*undertakers
*embalmers
*coroners
*clergy
*clairvoyants
*exorcists
*bereavement counsellors.
Taylor and Francis; August 2005
200 pages; ISBN 9781134739523
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Title: Beyond the Body
Author: Elizabeth Hallam; Jenny Hockey; Glennys Howarth
 
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