Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 October 1989

544 Pages | 45 illus.

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195045154

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A Sociology of Death and Dying

Michael C. Kearl

Arguing that death is the central force shaping our social life an order, Kearl draws on anthropology, religion, politics, philosophy, the natural sciences, economics, and psychology to provide a broad sociological perspective on the interrelationships of life and death. Incisive and original, this book maps the separate contributions of various social institutions to American attitudes toward death, observing the influence of each upon the broader cultural outlook on life. Endings is an essential companion text for sociology courses, and will be invaluable as a resource for students of social problems and the sociology of death and dying.