Death and Religion in a Changing World

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Kathleen Garces-Foley
M.E. Sharpe, 2006 - Religion - 322 pages
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This comprehensive study of the intersection of death and religion offers a unique look at how religious people approach death in the twenty-first century. Previous scholarship has largely focused on traditional beliefs and paid little attention to how religious traditions evolve in relation to their changing social context. Employing a sociological approach, Death and Religion in a Changing World describes how people from a wide variety of faiths draw on and adapt traditional beliefs and practices as they deal with death in modern societies.

The book includes coverage of newly emerging social and religious phenomena that are only just beginning to be analyzed by religion scholars, such as public shrines, the role of the media, spiritual bereavement groups, and the use of the internet in death practices.

  

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Contents

Living With the Dead
23
Finding Meaning in Ritual
45
Buddhisms and Death
69
Roman Catholic Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Approaches to Death
93
Overcoming Deaths Sting
122
Between the Prescribed and the Performed
147
Kristina Myrvold
178
Personalizing Tradition
207
Forms of Disposal
228
Spontaneous Shrines and Public Memorialization
246
Disaster Modernity and the Media
265
Grief Religion and Spirituality
283
Epilogue
305
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About the author (2006)

Kathleen Garces-Foley is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Marymount University specializing in contemporary American religious life. In addition to research on the growth of multiethnic churches, she studies immigrant religious communities and American death practices and is the editor
of Death and Religion in a Changing World.

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