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Death, Mourning, and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader (The Human Lifecycle: Cross-Cultural Readings) [Paperback]

Antonius C. G. M. Robben

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29 Nov 2004 1405114711 978-1405114714 1
In Death, Mourning, and Burial , an indispensable introduction to the anthropology of death, readers will find a rich selection of some of the finest ethnographic work on this fascinating topic. Comprised of six sections that mirror the social trajectory of death: conceptualizations of death; death and dying; uncommon death; grief and mourning; mortuary rituals; and remembrance and regeneration Includes canonical readings as well as recent studies on topics such as organ donation and cannibalism Designed for anyone concerned with issues of death and dying, as well as: violence, terrorism, war, state terror, organ theft, and mortuary rituals Serves as a text for anthropology classes, as well as providing a genuinely cross–cultural perspective to all those studying death and dying

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"I enjoyed this volume immensely; Robben′s due care in compiling it is evident throughout, and I have no doubt that it will become an invaluable collection, particularly for those interested in the anthropology of death, but also for others." ( Anthropological Forum )


"An invaluable resource, this enormously welcome volume traces the historical development of the cross–cultural study of death and provides readers the luxury of a single–volume collection of anthropology’s classic contributions to the field." – Jenny Hockey , University of Sheffield

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating introduction to anthropology through a universal topic 2 Sep 2009
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"Death Mourning, and Burial" is a very thorough and well-crafted collection of essays from a variety of disciplines. There are a number of foundational essays and excerpts from important anthropologists and ethnographers of the 20th century, and as such, it's a great introduction to anthropology through a universal topic.

The book is organized into six sections: conceptualizations of death, death and dying, uncommon death, grief and mourning, mortuary rituals, and remembrance and regeneration. The ethnographies range from traditional to the bizarre, such as cultures who eat their dead, or the headhunting practices of the Ilongots of the Philippines.

If you need this book for a class, as I did, it's definitely worth buying. After reading from it, you'll want it for your personal library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped with my class 8 Feb 2013
By Karen Burt - Published on
This was a complement for my text book in a class in death and dying. It was very useful in going into more depth of a cultures belief
5.0 out of 5 stars Death, Mouring, and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader 2 Nov 2013
By Lisa Raymond - Published on
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This book is very interesting. I am taking a class in Death and Dying and am finding it to be such an interesting course. Thank you for the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What you expect 22 Mar 2013
By Alec Cooper - Published on
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I got this book because it was required for a class I was taking. It's exactly what it looks like - a collection of essays regarding the anthropology and archaeology of death and funerals. Some of the essays are quite interesting, and some of them were way too into sociology for my tastes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great 1 July 2010
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the seller was quick about sending the book and the book was in good condition.
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