Death in the Early Twenty-first Century

Authority, Innovation, and Mortuary Rites

Editors: Boret, Sébastien Penmellen, Long, Susan Orpett, Kan, Sergei (Eds.)

  • Expands the literature on contested, mundane, and comparative perspectives of human responses to death
  • Reflects the shifting interests of contemporary anthropologists in the contested nature of dying and death
  • Includes dynamic interdisciplinary contributions 
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Focusing on tradition, technology, and authority, this volume challenges classical understandings that mortuary rites are inherently conservative. The contributors examine innovative and enduring ideas and practices of death, which reflect and constitute changing patterns of social relationships, memorialisation, and the afterlife. This cross-cultural study examines the lived experiences of men and women from societies across the globe with diverse religious heritages and secular value systems. The book demonstrates that mortuary practices are not fixed forms, but rather dynamic processes negotiated by the dying, the bereaved, funeral experts, and public institutions. In addition to offering a new theoretical perspective on the anthropology of death, this work provides a rich resource for readers interested in human responses to mortality: the one certainty of human existence.

About the authors

Sébastien Penmellen Boret is an anthropologist at the International Research Institute of Disaster Sciences of Tohoku University, Japan. 
 Susan Orpett Long is Professor of Anthropology at John Carroll University, USA.  Sergei Kan is Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, USA.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Boret, Sébastien Penmellen (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

  • Fear and Prayers: Negotiating with the Dead in Apiao, Chiloé (Chile)

    Bacchiddu, Giovanna

    Pages 31-62

  • Quelling the “Unquiet Dead”: Popular Devotions in the Borderlands of the USSR

    Wanner, Catherine

    Pages 63-84

  • Life After Death/Life Before Death and Their Linkages: The United States, Japan, and China

    Mathews, Gordon (et al.)

    Pages 85-111

  • Reincarnation, Christianity and Controversial Coffins in Northwestern Benin

    Merz, Sharon

    Pages 115-150

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52365-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-52364-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Death in the Early Twenty-first Century
Book Subtitle
Authority, Innovation, and Mortuary Rites
Editors
  • Sébastien Penmellen Boret
  • Susan Orpett Long
  • Sergei Kan
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52365-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52365-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52364-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 295
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 b/w illustrations
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