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  • The Rise of Contemporary Spiritualism

    Concepts and controversies in talking to the dead

    By Anne Kalvig

    Talking to the dead and communication with 'the other side' is often presented as a taboo in an increasingly technological and medically advanced world. However, practices of spiritualism and mediumship continue to remain popular and in high demand within contemporary Western societies. This book…

    Hardback – 2016-10-31 
    Studies in Death, Materiality and the Origin of Time

  • Medicine and Monstrous Generation in the Seventeenth Century

    The Case of Thomas Bartholin

    By Signe Nipper Nielsen

    Through a case study of the work of the renowned anatomist and keen collector Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680), this book contributes to the cultural history of early modern natural philosophy, medicine and the body by focusing on the widespread fascination with monstrous generation and the marvellous…

    Hardback – 2016-09-28 
    The History of Medicine in Context

  • Social Death

    Questioning the life-death boundary

    Edited by Jana Kralova, Tony Walter

    Social death occurs when the social existence of a person or group ceases. With an individual, it can occur before or after physical death. Scholars in a wide range of disciplines have applied the concept to very diverse issues – including genocide, slavery, dementia, hospitalisation, and…

    Hardback – 2016-09-22 
    Contemporary Issues in Social Science

  • The Dying Body as a Lived Experience

    By Alan Blum

    The anxiety over death persists in everyday life- though often denied or repressed- lingering as an unconscious worry or intuition that typically seems to compromise one’s feelings of well-being and experience in a range of areas; coming out often as malaise, depression, and anger in much conduct.…

    Hardback – 2016-09-20 
    Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness

  • Where are the Dead?

    Exploring the Idea of an Afterlife

    By Peter Moore

    Where are the dead? What are they doing? What kind of a process is dying? What relationships exist among the dead themselves, and between the dead and those in the world they have left behind? Modern philosophers argue that the idea of disembodied survival - to which many believers pay lip service…

    Hardback – 2016-09-06 

  • Imaging Stuart Family Politics

    Dynastic Crisis and Continuity

    By Catriona Murray

    From conception onwards, Stuart offspring were presented to their subjects through texts, images and public celebrations. Audiences were exhorted to share in their development, establishing affective bonds with the royal family and its latest additions. Yet inviting the public into Stuart domestic…

    Hardback – 2016-07-21
    Visual Culture in Early Modernity

  • In the Garden of the Gods

    Models of Kingship from the Sumerians to the Seleucids

    By Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides

    Examining the evolution of kingship in the Ancient Near East from the time of the Sumerians to the rise of the Seleucids in Babylon, this book argues that the Sumerian emphasis on the divine favour that the fertility goddess and the Sun god bestowed upon the king should be understood metaphorically…

    Hardback – 2016-07-21

  • Music and Mourning

    Edited by Jane W. Davidson, Sandra Garrido

    While grief is suffered in all cultures, it is expressed differently all over the world in accordance with local customs and beliefs. Music has been associated with the healing of grief for many centuries, with Homer prescribing music as an antidote to sorrow as early as the 7th Century BC. The…

    Hardback – 2016-05-18
    Music and Change: Ecological Perspectives

  • Dying, Death, Burial and Commemoration in Reformation Europe

    By Elizabeth C. Tingle, Jonathan Willis

    In recent years, the rituals and beliefs associated with the end of life and the commemoration of the dead have increasingly been identified as of critical importance in understanding the social and cultural impact of the Reformation. The associated processes of dying, death and burial inevitably…

    Hardback – 2016-03-18
    St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

  • Sudden Death: Medicine and Religion in Eighteenth-Century Rome

    By Maria Pia Donato

    In 1705-1706, during the War of the Spanish Succession and two years after a devastating earthquake, an ’epidemic’ of mysterious sudden deaths terrorized Rome. In early modern society, a sudden death was perceived as a mala mors because it threatened the victim’s salvation by hindering repentance…

    Hardback – 2016-03-18

  • Carved in Stone, Etched in Memory

    Death, Tombstones and Commemoration in Bosnian Islam since c.1500

    By Amila Buturovic

    Despite the recent history of violence and destruction, Bosnia-Herzegovina holds a positive place in history, marked by a continuous interweaving of different religious cultures. The most expansive period in that regard is the Ottoman rule that lasted here nearly five centuries. As many Bosnians…

    Hardback – 2016-03-18

  • Suicide in Twentieth-Century Japan

    By Francesca Di Marco

    Japan’s suicide phenomenon has fascinated both the media and academics, although many questions and paradoxes embedded in the debate on suicide have remained unaddressed in the existing literature, including the assumption that Japan is a "Suicide Nation". This tendency causes common misconceptions…

    Hardback – 2016-02-03
    Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

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