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Mediating and Remediating Death

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Edited by Dorthe Refslund Christensen, Kjetil Sandvik

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298 pages

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From the ritual object which functions as a substitute for the dead - thus acting as a medium for communicating with the ’other world’ - to the representation of death, violence and suffering in media, or the use of online social networks as spaces of commemoration, media of various kinds are central to the communication and performance of death-related socio-cultural practices of individuals, groups and societies. This second volume of the Studies in Death, Materiality and Time series explores the ways in which such practices are subject to ’re-mediation’; that is to say, processes by which well-known practices are re-presented in new ways through various media formats. Presenting rich, interdisciplinary new empirical case studies and fieldwork from the US and Europe, Asia, The Middle East, Australasia and Africa, Mediating and Remediating Death shows how different media forms contribute to the shaping and transformation of various forms of death and commemoration, whether in terms of their range and distribution, their relation to users or their roles in creating and maintaining communities. With its broad and multi-faceted focus on how uses of media can redraw the traditional boundaries of death-related practices and create new cultural realities, this book will appeal to scholars across the social sciences and humanities with interests in ritual and commemoration practices, the sociology and anthropology of death and dying, and cultural and media studies.

Reviews

’Bringing together an extraordinary breadth of disciplines and case studies, this fascinating volume addresses the mediation and mediatization of death, covering Tibetan self-immolations, the Utøya tragedy, Sarajevo and Gaddafi’s public death. An engaging and valuable contribution to death and media studies alike.’ Hannah Rumble, University of Aberdeen, UK ’Mediating and Remediating Death is a significant contribution to the broadly sociological literature on death. With its unusual focus on media and materials, its sophisticated take on media, and its dedication to locate death socially, culturally and politically, it will be an important source for scholars and students in the area of death studies.’ Arnar Ã�rnason, University of Aberdeen, UK ’I have been waiting for a book that takes the study of death into a complete media theory framework. This book has arrived. Mediating and Remediating Death brings together diverse and fascinating original case studies with a coherence, depth, and clarity rarely achieved in a many-authored book.’ Margaret Gibson, Griffith University, Australia 'Mediating and Remediating Death is pertinent for those established in the fields of death, media and sociological studies not just for research purposes but for the provision of prime material as set readings for undergraduate and postgraduate modules which are guaranteed to stimulate debate, passion and opinion.' Information, Communication and Society

About the Editors

Dorthe Refslund Christensen is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark and co-editor of the series Studies in Death, Materiality and Time. She is co-editor of Taming Time Timing Death: Social Technologies and Ritual, the first volume in the Studies in Death, Materiality and Time series. Kjetil Sandvik is Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is head of the Cross Media Communication study program and the research project Meaning Across Media: Cross media communication and co-creation.

About the Series

Studies in Death, Materiality and the Origin of Time

Studies in Death, Materiality and the Origin of Time

Eventually we all die - and we experience death head-on, when someone close to us dies. This series, Studies in Death, Materiality and the Origin of Time, identifies this fact as constitutive of the origin of human conceptions of time. Time permeates everything, but except for time itself all things are perishable - yet, it is only through the perishable world of things and bodies that we sense time. Bringing together scholarly work across a range of disciplines, the series explores the fact that human experiences and conceptions of time inherently hinge on the material world, and that time as a socially experienced phenomenon cannot be understood as separate from material form or expression. As such, it departs from a persistent current within Western thinking. Philosophy, biology and physics, among other disciplines, have studied time as an essential, ethereal and abstract concept. In the same way, death has often been conceived of in abstract and sometimes transcendental terms as occupying one extreme margin of human life. As an alternative, this series examines the ways in which bodily death and material decay are central points of reference in social life, which offer key insights into human perceptions of time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOC036000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying