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Death & Dying

  • Theater of the Deadby Jeehee Hong

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 59.00

    In eleventh-century China, both the living and the dead were treated to theatrical spectacles. Chambers designed for the deceased were ornamented with actors and theaters sculpted in stone, molded in clay, rendered in paint. Notably, the tombs were not commissioned for the scholars and officials who dominate the historical record of China but affluent... more...

  • I Am Hereby Johannes Klabbers

    Scribe Publications Pty Ltd 2016; US$ 20.99

    What comfort can an agnostic give people who are suffering or dying? Looking for more meaning in his work, Johannes Klabbers gave up a tenured academic position to spend his days caring for the sick and dying. He trained as a secular pastoral carer in a cancer hospital, and from the patients there he learned how simply talking and listening can... more...

  • Scythe and the Cityby Christian Henriot

    Stanford University Press 2016; US$ 65.00

    The issue of death has loomed large in Chinese cities in the modern era. Throughout the Republican period, Shanghai swallowed up lives by the thousands. Exposed bodies strewn around in public spaces were a threat to social order as well as to public health. In a place where every group had its own beliefs and set of death and funeral practices, how... more...

  • Emotion, Identity and Deathby Chang-Won Park; Douglas J. Davies

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    Death affects all aspects of life, it touches our emotions and influences our identity. Presenting a kaleidoscope of informative views of death, dying and human response, this book reveals how different disciplines contribute to understanding the theme of death. Drawing together new and established scholars, this is the first book among the studies... more...

  • After One-Hundred-and-Twentyby Hillel Halkin

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 27.95

    After One-Hundred-and-Twenty provides a richly nuanced and deeply personal look at Jewish attitudes and practices regarding death, mourning, and the afterlife as they have existed and evolved from biblical times to today. Taking its title from the Hebrew and Yiddish blessing to live to a ripe old age?Moses is said to have been 120 years old when... more...

  • The Way We Die Nowby Seamus O'Mahoney; Seamus O'Mahony

    Head of Zeus 2016; US$ 14.57

    An Irish physician explores the ways in which society has lost the ability to deal with death. more...

  • Mediating and Remediating Deathby Dorthe Refslund Christensen; Kjetil Sandvik

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    From the ritual object which functions as a substitute for the dead - thus acting as a medium for communicating with the ?other world? - to the representation of death, violence and suffering in media, or the use of online social networks as spaces of commemoration, media of various kinds are central to the communication and performance of death-related... more...

  • Most Deserving of Death?by Kenneth Williams

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 149.95

    The role of capital punishment in America has been criticised by those for and against the death penalty, by the judiciary, academics, the media and by prison personnel. This book demonstrates that it is the inconsistent and often incoherent jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court which accounts for a system so lacking in public confidence.... more...

  • A Good Deathby Sandra Martin

    HarperCollins Canada 2016; US$ 14.99

    We can?t avoid death, but the prospect is a lot less terrifying since the Supreme Court of Canada legalized physician-assisted death. Competent adults, suffering grievously from intolerable medical conditions, will have the right to ask for a doctor?s help in ending their lives. That much is clear. The challenge now is to pass legislation that reflects... more...

  • Suicide and Agencyby Ludek Broz; Daniel Münster

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 119.95

    Suicide and Agency offers an original and timely challenge to existing ways of understanding suicide. Through the use of rich and detailed case studies, the authors assembled in this volume explore how interplay of self-harm, suicide, personhood and agency varies markedly across site (Greenland, Siberia, India, Palestine and Mexico) and setting (self-run... more...