Mors Britannica: Life Style and Death Style in Britain Today

Hardcover | December 12, 2015

byDouglas J. Davies

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A people's lifestyle is one thing, their death-style another. The proximity or distance between such styles says much about a society, not least in Britain today. Mors Britannica takes up this style-issue in a society where cultural changes involve distinctions between traditional religion,secularisation, and emergent forms of spirituality, all of which involve emotions, where fear, longing, and a sense of loss rise in waves when death marks the root embodiment of our humanity. These world-orientations, evident in older and newer ritual practices, engage death in the hope and desirethat love, relationships, community, and human identity be not rendered meaningless. Yet both emotions and ritual have an uneasiness to them because "death" is a slippery topic as the twenty-first century gets under way in Britain.In this work, Douglas J. Davies draws from a largely anthropological-sociological perspective, with consideration of history, literature, philosophy, psychology, and theology, to provide a window into British life and insights into the foundation links between individuals and society, across thespectrum of traditionally religious views through to humanist and secular alternatives. He considers memorial sites (from churchyards to roadside memorials); forms of corporeal disposal (from cremation to composting); and death rites in a range of religious and secular traditions.

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A people's lifestyle is one thing, their death-style another. The proximity or distance between such styles says much about a society, not least in Britain today. Mors Britannica takes up this style-issue in a society where cultural changes involve distinctions between traditional religion,secularisation, and emergent forms of spiritua...

Douglas J. Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion at Durham and Director of the Centre for Death and Life Studies. He trained in both anthropology and theology and has taught the study of religion for many years both at Nottingham and Durham Universities. His specialist interests and many publications include work on death, fune...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:418 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Theoretical Perspectives2. Beliefs and Valued Memorials3. Ritual and Body Disposal4. Christian and Secular Death Rites5. Salvation, Folk Wisdom, and Spirituality6. Grief, Media, and Social Emotions7. Military, Sports, Celebrity deaths8. Wayfaring mortality, Fear, and the Good Death9. 09 Death-styles and Life-style10. Woodland BurialConclusionBibliography