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The American View of Death: Acceptance or Denial?
Though every human being knows at some level that human life must end, our attitudes toward death are peculiarly influenced, often distorted, by the society in which we live. Death, as experienced by the modern American, frequently takes place in the sterile and strange setting of a hospital room, or is traumatically and impersonally presented on a television or movie ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published 1972 by Schenkman Publishing Company
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A fairly good, though by no means perfect, sociological study of the American view of death. The authors make multiple thought-provoking points, but sometimes show a hint of Judo-Christian ethnocentrism in their findings. Also, for a book regarding the cultural perceptions of death, a tad more attention should have been paid to American pop culture; ideas and attitudes relating to views of death can be easily viewed from these modern "folk tales". But, perhaps, that's just the anthropologist in ...more