"This is a singular reference tool . . . essential for academic libraries."
--Reference & User Services Quarterly
"Students, professionals, and scholars in the social sciences and health professions are fortunate to have the ′unwieldy corpus of knowledge and literature′ on death studies organized and integrated. Highly recommended for all collections."
"Excellent and highly recommended."
"Well researched with lengthy bibliographies . . . The index is rich with See and See Also references . . . Its multidisciplinary nature makes it an excellent addition to academic collections."
"Researchers and students in many social sciences and humanities disciplines, the health and legal professions, and mortuary science will find the Handbook of Death and Dying valuable. Lay readers will also appreciate the Handbook′s wide-ranging coverage of death-related topics. Recommended for academic, health sciences, and large public libraries."
Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications.
The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field of thanatology, arranging and synthesizing what has been an unwieldy body of knowledge into a concise, yet comprehensive reference work. This two-volume handbook will provide direction and momentum to the study of death-related behavior for many years to come.
- More than 100 contributors representing authoritative expertise in a diverse array of disciplines
- Family Studies
- Mortuary Science
- Social work
- A distinguished editorial board of leading scholars and researchers in the field
- More than 100 definitive essays covering almost every dimension of death-related behavior
- Comprehensive and inclusive, exploring concepts and social patterns within the larger topical concern
- Journal article length essays that address topics with appropriate detail
- Multidisciplinary and cross-cultural coverage
Clifton D. Bryant, Editor-in-Chief
Patty M. Bryant, Managing Editor
Charles K. Edgley, Associate Editor
Michael R. Leming, Associate Editor
Dennis L. Peck, Associate Editor
Kent L. Sandstrom
, Associate Editor
Watson F. Rogers, II, Assistant Editor