Death, Society, And Human Experience

Paperback | September 18, 2011

byRobert J. KastenbaumEditorRobert J. Kastenbaum

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Providing an understanding of the relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society. This book is intended to contribute to your understanding of your relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society. Kastenbaum shows how individual and societal attitudes influence both how and when we die and how we live and deal with the knowledge of death and loss. Robert Kastenbaum is a renowned scholar who developed one of the world's first death education courses and introduced the first text for this market. This landmark text draws on contributions from the social and behavioral sciences as well as the humanities, such as history, religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts, to provide thorough coverage of understanding death and the dying process.

Learning Goals
Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:
-Understand the relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society
-See how social forces and events affect the length of our lives, how we grieve, and how we die
-Learn how dying people are perceived and treated in our society and what can be done to provide the best possible care
-Master an understanding of continuing developments and challenges to hospice (palliative care).
-Understand what is becoming of faith and doubt about an afterlife

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Providing an understanding of the relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society. This book is intended to contribute to your understanding of your relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society. Kastenbaum shows how individual and societal attitudes influence both how and when we d...

Bob Kastenbaum¿s exploits as skating messenger apparently qualified him to become editor of two community newspapers, an eccentric career trajectory that somehow led to a graduate scholarship in philosophy and a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Southern California (1959). He was most interested in fields of psychological study ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 1 inPublished:September 18, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205001084

ISBN - 13:9780205001088

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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:  1. BRIEF  2. COMPREHENSIVE  BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:  Chapter 1: As We Think About Death  Chapter 2: What is Death?  Chapter 3: Dying  Chapter 4: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions  Chapter 5: Suicide  Chapter 6: Violent Death: Murder, Terrorism, Genocide, Disaster, and Accident  Chapter 7: Euthanasia, Assisted Death, Abortion, and the Right to Die  COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:  Chapter 1: As We Think About Death  A History of Death?  Not Thinking About Death: A Failed Experiment  Your Self-Inventory of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Feelings  Some Answers - And The Questions They Raise  Man is Mortal: But What Does That Have To DO With Me?  Anxiety, Denial, and Acceptance: Three Core Concepts  Studies and Theories of Death Anxiety  Major Findings From Self-Reports of Death Anxiety  Theoretical Perspectives on Death Anxiety  Accepting and Denying Death  Chapter 2: What is Death?  Ideas About The Nature And Meaning Of Death  Death As Observed, Proclaimed, And Imagined  Biomedical Approaches To The Definition Of Death  Event Versus State  What Does Death Mean?  Interpretations Of The Death State  Conditions That Resemble Death  Death As A Person  Conditions That Death Resembles  The Undead  Death As An Agent Of Personal, Political, And Social  Chapter 3: Dying  The Moment Of Death: Is It Vanishing?  What Is Dying, And When Does It Begin?  Trajectories Of Dying: From Beginning To End  Guarded Feelings, Subtle Communications  Individuality And Universality In The Experience Of Dying  Theoretical Models Of The Dying Process  Chapter 4: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions  From Description To Decision Making  Who Should Participate In End-Of-Life Decisions?  The Living Will And Its Impact  Right-To-Die Decisions That We Can Make  A Right Not To Die? The Cryonics Alternative  Organ Donation  Funeral-Related Decisions  Chapter 5: Suicide  What Do The Statistics Tell Us?  Four Problem Areas  Some Cultural Meanings Of Suicide  A Powerful Sociological Theory Of Suicide  Some Individual Meanings Of Suicide  Facts And Myths About Suicide  Suicide Prevention  Emerging Issues And Challenges  Chapter 6: Violent Death: Murder, Terrorism, Genocide, Disaster, and Accident  Murder  Terrorism  9/11/01 And Its Consequences  Accident And Disaster  Chapter 7: Euthanasia, Assisted Death, Abortion, and the Right to Die  "I Swear By Appollo The Physician": What Happened To The Hippocratic Oath?  Key Terms And Concepts  Our Changing Attitudes Toward A Right To Die  The Right-To-Die Dilemma: Case Examples

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Thank you to the following reveiwers:   Allen Richardson Cedar Crest College J. Meredith Martin University of New Mexico Patrick Ashwood Hawkeye Community College “It is written by sociologist doing research in the field. These bits of original research are scattered throughout the book and gives a backbone of expertise.  The author keeps up with recent trends in the death and dying field. There are good examples of different ethnic groups and their beliefs/practices in the text.” -Patrick Ashwood, Hawkeye Community College   “The text is quite well done. The coverage of the events of September 11, 2001 are an excellent addition to the book. The material on death anxiety is first rate.” -Allen Richardson, Cedar Crest College   “I think it is a fantastic text! It is very inclusive.” -J. Meredith Martin, University of New Mexico