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Social Death: Questioning the life-death boundary

Social Death: Questioning the life-death boundary

Králová, Jana ORCID: 0000-0002-7377-4723 and Walter, Tony (eds.) (2016) Social Death: Questioning the life-death boundary. Contemporary Issues in Social Science . Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 978-1138205307

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Social death occurs when the social existence of a person or group ceases. With an individual, it can occur before or after physical death. Scholars in a wide range of disciplines have applied the concept to very diverse issues – including genocide, slavery, dementia, hospitalisation, and bereavement. Social death relates to social exclusion, social capital, social networks, social roles and social identity, but its theorising is not united – scholars in one field are often unaware of its use in other fields.

This is the first book to bring a range of perspectives together in a pioneering effort to bring to the field conceptual clarity rooted in empirical data. Preceded by an original theoretical discussion of the concept of social death, contributions from the UK, Romania, Sweden, and Israel analyse the fourth age, end of life policies, dying alone at home, suicide, photographs on gravestones, bereavement, and the agency of dead musicians. This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science.

Item Type: Edited Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: social death, conceptualisation of social death, concept of social death Kralova and Walter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 15:38

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