The Matter of Death: Space, Place and Materiality

Hardcover | August 15, 2010

EditorJenny Hockey, Kate Woodthorpe, Carol Komaromy

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This collection opens up spaces where lives end, bodies are disposed of and memories generated: hospitals, hospices, care homes, coroners' courts, funeral premises, cemeteries, roadsides, the spirit world. Using material culture studies, it illuminates the ways human beings make meaningful the challenges of death, dying and bereavement.

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This collection opens up spaces where lives end, bodies are disposed of and memories generated: hospitals, hospices, care homes, coroners' courts, funeral premises, cemeteries, roadsides, the spirit world. Using material culture studies, it illuminates the ways human beings make meaningful the challenges of death, dying and bereavement...

JENNY HOCKEY is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Sheffield University, UK. She has published widely in the area of death, dying, disposal and memorialisation, drawing on related work in the fields of material culture, the life course, ageing and gender.   CAROL KOMAROMY is Senior Lecturer in Health Studies at the Open University, UK...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230224164

ISBN - 13:9780230224162

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Table of Contents

Materialising Absence; J.Hockey, C.Komaromy & K.Woodthorpe
Never Say Die: CPR in Hospital Space; S.Page
Making Hospice Space; K.Worpole
Dying Spaces in Dying Places: Care Homes for Older Adults; C.Komaromy
The Materialities of Absence after Stillbirth: Historical Perspectives; J.Bleyen
Distributed Personhood and the Transformation of Agency: An Anthropological Perspective on Inquests; S.Langer
Behind Closed Doors? Corpses and Mourners in American and British Funeral Premises; S.Harper
Private Grief in Public Spaces: Interpreting Memorialisation in the Contemporary Cemetery; K.Woodthorpe
Wandering Lines and Cul-de-sacs: Trajectories of Ashes in the United Kingdom; L.Kellaher, J.Hockey & D.Prendergast
Natural Burial: The De-materialising of Death?; A.Clayden, J.Hockey & M.Powell
What Will the Neighbours Say? Reactions to Field and Garden Burial; T.Walter & C.Gittings
Memorialising the Suicide Victim: 'Walking the Walk'; C.Simone
Potent Reminders: An Examination of Responses to Roadside Memorials in Ireland; U.MacConville & R.McQuillan
Geographies of the Spirit World; D.Davies
Recovering Presence; J.Hockey, C.Komaromy & K.Woodthorpe