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Death, Society, and Human Experience
New edition of a text which examines our relationship to death by drawing upon scholarship and research as well as on the words of people who have found themselves in the middle of death-related situations. Fifteen chapters discuss subjects including the death system, causes of death, transition fro
Unknown Binding, 441 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Allyn & Bacon
(first published 1977)
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Kastenbaum, who is a death educator and thanatologist, presents the 10th edition of his textbook by packing a lot of valuable materials into one convenient title. I had no idea that death and dying entailed so many dimensions. Not only does he present facts and research, he situates all of his information within the Great Debates of Western Culture. He weaves in information from various religions, cultures, philosophies and histories. A college student could very well earn Western Civ credit by ...more
A good survey text on death and dying from a cross-cultural perspective. Undergraduate textbook feel. Picked it up second hand as a discard at a university book sale. Never read it end to end, but found it an interesting read to pick up and spend half an hour with from time to time.
While the information in this book was useful in a class on "Death and Dying," the fact that it was written in first person and contained numerous references to the author's prior works made it somewhat unpleasant to read. There was also a lot of "fluff" that had to be read through to get to the facts.