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Death, Society, and Human Experience, 11th Edition

By Robert J. Kastenbaum

Published by Routledge

Published Date: Sep 18, 2011

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Providing an understanding of the relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society. This book is intended to contribute to your understanding of your relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society. Kastenbaum shows how individual and societal attitudes influence both how and when we die and how we live and deal with the knowledge of death and loss. Robert Kastenbaum is a renowned scholar who developed one of the world's first death education courses and introduced the first text for this market. 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.

Learning Goals
Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:
-Understand the relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society
-See how social forces and events affect the length of our lives, how we grieve, and how we die
-Learn how dying people are perceived and treated in our society and what can be done to provide the best possible care
-Master an understanding of continuing developments and challenges to hospice (palliative care).
-Understand what is becoming of faith and doubt about an afterlife

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

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