Revolutions in Sorrow: The American Experience of Death in Global Perspective - United States in the World - Peter N. Stearns - Libros - Taylor & Francis Inc - 9781594514548 - 30 de agosto de 2007
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Revolutions in Sorrow: The American Experience of Death in Global Perspective - United States in the World 1.º edición

Peter N. Stearns

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Revolutions in Sorrow: The American Experience of Death in Global Perspective - United States in the World 1.º edición

Huge changes have occurred in both the physical facts of death and in the cultural modes that guide our reactions to it. These changes also affect policy issues ranging from punishments for crimes to birth control to the conduct of war. This book explores the impacts of these changes upon both personal experience and social policy and places developments in the United States in an international comparative context. The book opens with an overview of traditional patterns of death and related cultural practices in agricultural civilizations, along with changes brought by Christianity. Attitudes and practices in colonial America are traced and compared to other societies. After setting this historical context, the book examines the immense changes that occurred in the nineteenth century: new cultural reactions to death, expressed in changing death rituals and cemetery design; the unprecedented reduction later in the century of infant mortality; the relocation of death from home to hospital; the redefinition of death as a taboo subject. The book s final segment relates changes in death culture and experience to the contentious debates of the twentieth century over the death penalty, abortion, and the practice of war. The book is designed to use historical and comparative perspectives to stimulate debate about the strengths and weaknesses of cultural practices and policies related to death.


201 pages

Medios de comunicación Libros     Hardcover Book   (Libro con lomo y cubierta duros)
Publicado 30 de agosto de 2007
ISBN13 9781594514548
Editores Taylor & Francis Inc
Páginas 214
Dimensiones 152 × 229 × 19 mm   ·   408 g
Lengua English  
Editor Stearns, Professor of History and Provost Peter N (George Mason University, USA George Mason University George Mason University George Mason University George Mason University George Mason University George Mason University George Mason University George

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