Providing an overview of the myriad ways that we are touched by death and dying, both as an individual and as a member of society, this book will help readers understand our relationship with death. Kastenbaum and Moreman show how various ways that individual and societal attitudes influence both how and when we die and how we live and deal with the knowledge of death and loss. This landmark text draws on contributions from the social and behavioral sciences as well as the humanities, such as history, religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts, to provide thorough coverage of understanding death and the dying process. Death, Society, and Human Experience was originally written by Robert Kastenbaum, a renowned scholar who developed one of the world’s first death education courses. Christopher Moreman, who has worked in the field of death studies for almost two decades specializing in afterlife beliefs and experiences, has updated this edition.
Table of Contents
IN THIS SECTION: 1. BRIEF 2. COMPREHENSIVE BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: As We Think About Death Chapter 2: What is Death? Chapter 3: Dying Chapter 4: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions Chapter 5: Suicide Chapter 6: Violent Death: Murder, Terrorism, Genocide, Disaster, and Accident Chapter 7: Euthanasia, Assisted Death, Abortion, and the Right to Die COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: As We Think About Death A History of Death? Not Thinking About Death: A Failed Experiment Your Self-Inventory of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Feelings Some Answers - And The Questions They Raise Man is Mortal: But What Does That Have To DO With Me? Anxiety, Denial, and Acceptance: Three Core Concepts Studies and Theories of Death Anxiety Major Findings From Self-Reports of Death Anxiety Theoretical Perspectives on Death Anxiety Accepting and Denying Death Chapter 2: What is Death? Ideas About The Nature And Meaning Of Death Death As Observed, Proclaimed, And Imagined Biomedical Approaches To The Definition Of Death Event Versus State What Does Death Mean? Interpretations Of The Death State Conditions That Resemble Death Death As A Person Conditions That Death Resembles The Undead Death As An Agent Of Personal, Political, And Social Chapter 3: Dying The Moment Of Death: Is It Vanishing? What Is Dying, And When Does It Begin? Trajectories Of Dying: From Beginning To End Guarded Feelings, Subtle Communications Individuality And Universality In The Experience Of Dying Theoretical Models Of The Dying Process Chapter 4: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions From Description To Decision Making Who Should Participate In End-Of-Life Decisions? The Living Will And Its Impact Right-To-Die Decisions That We Can Make A Right Not To Die? The Cryonics Alternative Organ Donation Funeral-Related Decisions Chapter 5: Suicide What Do The Statistics Tell Us? Four Problem Areas Some Cultural Meanings Of Suicide A Powerful Sociological Theory Of Suicide Some Individual Meanings Of Suicide Facts And Myths About Suicide Suicide Prevention Emerging Issues And Challenges Chapter 6: Violent Death: Murder, Terrorism, Genocide, Disaster, and Accident Murder Terrorism 9/11/01 And Its Consequences Accident And Disaster Chapter 7: Euthanasia, Assisted Death, Abortion, and the Right to Die "I Swear By Appollo The Physician": What Happened To The Hippocratic Oath? Key Terms And Concepts Our Changing Attitudes Toward A Right To Die The Right-To-Die Dilemma: Case Examples
Robert Kastenbaum (1932–2013) was Professor of Communications at Arizona State University. His other books include The Psychology of Death (1972, 1990, 2000); Dorian, Graying: Is Youth the Only Thing Worth Having? (1995); and On Our Way: The Final Passage Through Life and Death (2004).
Christopher M. Moreman is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at California State University East Bay, and has written and edited important books on topics related to death and dying. He is the editor of The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying (2018), the author of Beyond the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs and Experiences in World Religions (2008), and the editor of the three-volume The Spiritualist Movement (2013).