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1st Edition

Death and Religion in a Changing World

ISBN 9780765612229
Published October 15, 2005 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

This comprehensive study of the intersection of death and religion offers a unique look at how religious people approach death in the twenty-first century. Previous scholarship has largely focused on traditional beliefs and paid little attention to how religious traditions evolve in relation to their changing social context. Employing a sociological approach, "Death and Religion in a Changing World" describes how people from a wide variety of faiths draw on and adapt traditional beliefs and practices as they deal with death in modern societies. The book includes coverage of newly emerging social and religious phenomena that are only just beginning to be analyzed by religion scholars, such as public shrines, the role of the media, spiritual bereavement groups, and the use of the Internet in death practices.

Table of Contents

Part I Religious Approaches to Death; Chapter 1 The Politics of Death and Burial in Native California, Dennis F. Kelley; Chapter 2 Contemporary Hindu Approaches to Death, Mark Elmore; Chapter 3 Judaism and Death, Rebecca Golbert; Chapter 4 Buddhisms and Death, Robert E. Goss, Dennis Klass; Chapter 5 Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox Approaches to Death, Lizette Larson-Miller; Chapter 6 Protestant Approaches to Death, Glenn Lucke, Richard B. Gilbert, Ronald K. Barrett; Chapter 7 Muslim Ways of Death, Juan Eduardo Campo; Chapter 8 Sikhism and Death, Kristina Myrvold; Part II Death in Contemporary Societies; Chapter 9 Contemporary American Funerals, Kathleen Garces-Foley, Justin S. Holcomb; Chapter 10 Forms of Disposal, Douglas J. Davies; Chapter 11 Spontaneous Shrines and Public Memorialization, Sylvia Grider; Chapter 12 Disaster, Modernity, and the Media, Tony Walter; Chapter 13 Grief, Religion, and Spirituality, Dennis Klass; epi Epilogue, Evan Berry;

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