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Studies in Death, Materiality and the Origin of Time: Studies in Death, Materiality and the Origin of Time


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Postmortal Society: Towards a Sociology of Immortality

Postmortal Society: Towards a Sociology of Immortality

Michael Hviid Jacobsen
April 10, 2017

Throughout history mankind has struggled to reconcile itself with the inescapability of its own mortality. This book explores the themes of immortality and survivalism in contemporary culture, shedding light on the varied and ingenious ways in which humans and human societies aspire to confront and...

The Rise of Contemporary Spiritualism: Concepts and controversies in talking to the dead

The Rise of Contemporary Spiritualism: Concepts and controversies in talking to the dead

Anne Kalvig
October 04, 2016

Talking to the dead and communication with 'the other side' is often presented as a taboo in an increasingly technological and medically advanced world. However, practices of spiritualism and mediumship continue to remain popular and in high demand within contemporary Western societies. This book...

Taming Time, Timing Death: Social Technologies and Ritual

Taming Time, Timing Death: Social Technologies and Ritual

Rane Willerslev, Dorthe Refslund Christensen
September 09, 2016

Departing from a persisting current in Western thought, which conceives of time in the abstract, and often reflects upon death as occupying a space at life's margins, this book begins from position that it is in fact through the material and perishable world that we experience time. As such, it is...

Materialities of Passing: Explorations in Transformation, Transition and Transience

Materialities of Passing: Explorations in Transformation, Transition and Transience

Peter Bjerregaard, Anders Emil Rasmussen, Tim Flohr Sørensen
March 23, 2016

‘Passing’ is a common euphemism for the death of a person, as he or she is said to ‘pass away’ or ‘pass on’. This open-ended saying has at its heart a notion of transformation from one state to another, which in turn grants the possibility of grasping or approximating the passage of time and the...

Suicide and Agency: Anthropological Perspectives on Self-Destruction, Personhood, and Power

Suicide and Agency: Anthropological Perspectives on Self-Destruction, Personhood, and Power

Ludek Broz, Daniel Münster
November 28, 2015

Suicide and Agency offers an original and timely challenge to existing ways of understanding suicide. Through the use of rich and detailed case studies, the authors assembled in this volume explore how interplay of self-harm, suicide, personhood and agency varies markedly across site (Greenland,...

Mediating and Remediating Death

Mediating and Remediating Death

Dorthe Refslund Christensen, Kjetil Sandvik
August 11, 2014

From the ritual object which functions as a substitute for the dead - thus acting as a medium for communicating with the ’other world’ - to the representation of death, violence and suffering in media, or the use of online social networks as spaces of commemoration, media of various kinds are...

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