Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings

When is Death?

by Shane McCorristine

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This volume provides a series of illuminating perspectives on the timings of death, through in-depth studies of Shakespearean tragedy, criminal execution, embalming practices, fears of premature burial, rumours of Adolf Hitler's survival, and the legal concept of brain death. In doing so, it explores a number of questions, including: how do we know if someone is dead or not? What do people experience at the moment when they die? Is death simply a biological event that comes about in temporal stages of decomposition, or is it a social event defined through cultures, practices, and commemorations? In other words, when exactly is death? Taken together, these contributions explore how death emerges in a series of stages that are uncertain, paradoxical, and socially contested.

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Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2017
Pages
173
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781137583277
ISBN10
1137583274
ISBN13 Digital
9781137583284
ISBN10 Digital
1137583282
PDF Size
2.5 MB
License
CC BY

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