In recent years, the social sciences have seen an upsurge ofinterest in death and dying. The fascination with death isreflected in popular media such as newspapers, televisiondocumentaries, films and soaps, and, moreover, in the multiplyingrange of professional roles associated with dying and death. Yetdespite its ubiquitous significance, the majority of texts in thefield have been written primarily for health professionals. Thisbook breaks with that tradition.
It provides a cutting edge, comprehensive discussion of the keytopics in death and dying and in so doing demonstrates that thestudy of mortality is germane to all areas of sociology. The bookis organised thematically, utilising empirical material fromcross-national and cross-cultural perspectives. It carefullyaddresses questions about social attitudes to mortality, the socialnature of death and dying, explanations for change and diversity inapproaches, and traditional, modern and postmodern experiences ofdeath.
Death and Dying will appeal to students across the socialsciences, as well as professionals whose work brings them intocontact with dying or bereaved people.