1st Edition

Last Rites
The Work of the Modern Funeral Director





ISBN 9780895033451
Published June 15, 1996 by Routledge
232 Pages

USD $175.00

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Book Description

This book examines death rituals and the social significance of undertaking in western society and presents an ethnographic account of funeral directing in an area of east London which, for the purposes of anonymity. It is concerned with undertakers' perceptions and organization of death rituals.

Table of Contents

Introduction

CHAPTER 1 Modern Death Rituals and the Undertaker

CHAPTER 2 The Business of Funeral Directing

CHAPTER 3 Funeral Directing in Easton

CHAPTER 4 Becoming an Undertaker

CHAPTER 5 The Contaminated Corpse

CHAPTER 6 Making Arrangements

CHAPTER 7 Humanizing the Body

CHAPTER 8 The Funeral Ceremony

CONCLUSION: The Undertaker: Past, Present, and Future

Bibliography

Index

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