The Unknown Country: Death in Australia, Britain and the USA

Editors: Charmaz, Kathy, Howarth, Glennys, Kellehear, Allan (Eds.)

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In a strategy deliberately counter to many earlier texts which focus on social aspects of death and dying this book will not examine death through the social prism of US or British culture alone. Drawing only on material from a single society gives readers the misleading impression of a universal experience. As a text in the sociology of death and dying this volume examines culture-specific images and experiences of death in three major western societies - Australia, Britain and the USA.

About the authors

KATHY CHARMAZ is Professor and Chair and Faculty Writing Coordinator in the Sociology Department at Sonoma State University, USA. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1973 and joined the faculty at Sonoma State University at that time. She is Vice-President elect of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Professor Charmaz is the author of The Social Reality of Death and Good Days, Bad Days: the Self in Chronic Illness and Time. Good Days, Bad Days was awarded the 1992 Distinguished Scholarship Award by the Pacific Sociological Association and the 1992 Charles Horton Cooley Award of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

GLENNYS HOWARTH is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex. She was formerly T. H. Marshall Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics, and is the author of Last Rites and editor (with Peter Jupp) of Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Death, Dying and Disposal and The Changing Face of Death. Dr Howarth is also founding editor (with Peter Jupp) of the journal Mortality, the first major international journal of death, dying and bereavement outside the Uniter States.

ALLAN KELLEHAR is Professor and Head of Research Development at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, a non-government research and clinical services organisation affiliated with the University of Melbourne. Previously he was Senior Lecturer in Sociology at La Trobe University and Lecturer and Lecturer in Sociology at Deakin University in Australia. He is the author of Dying of Cancer: the Final Year of Life, The Unobtrusive Researcher: a Guide to Methods and Experiences Near Death: Beyond Medicine and Religion. He is also co-editor (with Derek Colquhoun) of the two volume Health Research in Practice.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Death in the Country of Matilda

    Kellehear, Allan (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Secular, Savage and Solitary: Death in Australian Painting

    Fitzpatrick, Lesley

    Pages 15-30

  • Good Girls Die, Bad Girls Don’t: the Uses of the Dying Virgin in Nineteenth-century Australian Fiction

    Martin, Susan K.

    Pages 31-44

  • Prayers to Broken Stones: War and Death in Australia

    D’Alton, Phillip

    Pages 45-57

  • The Legacy of Suicide: the Impact of Suicide on Families

    Fraser, Mary

    Pages 58-71

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Unknown Country: Death in Australia, Britain and the USA
Editors
  • Kathy Charmaz
  • Glennys Howarth
  • Allan Kellehear
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-25593-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-25593-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-16545-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-25595-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 268
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