"Terrific book. Extremely well written. I love the cases Brym chose." - Neil McLaughlin, McMaster University
"Powerful, effective collection." - Hugh Lautard, University of New Brunswick
"A beautiful little book." - Jonah Butovsky, Brock University
"Fantastic! I love the short punchy arguments, ranging across cases. Bravo. Very inspiring." - James Ron, Carleton University
"Magnificent introduction to sociology! Brilliant idea to develop the theme of life and death and brilliant execution through the specific topics you cover. These are indeed life and death issues and all the more credit to you for showing the light sociology casts upon them. Teaching as public sociology is underdeveloped and under appreciated. So this is very important." - Michael Burawoy, University of California at Berkeley; President, International Sociological Association
In five beautifully written essays, Robert J. Brym analyzes the social causes of death. In doing so, he reveals the powerful social forces that help to determine who lives and who dies, and demonstrates the promise of a well-informed sociological understanding of the world.
Examining hip hop culture, the motivations of Palestinian suicide bombers, and the plight of victims of hurricanes in the Caribbean region and on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, this collection of linked essays by an internationally renowned sociologist takes readers into worlds that figure prominently in today's popular culture and headline news stories. This book will be an eye-opener, an inspiration, and a guide for students of sociology and for anyone with an inquiring mind and hopes for a better world for future generations.