Death, Society, and Human Experience

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Allyn and Bacon, 2001 - Death - 489 pages
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The landmark text in death education, providing an interdisciplinary approach to understanding death and the dying process.

Using case examples and exercises, students can reflect upon their own experiences with death. "I have found no better text on the market that deals as fully and as completely with issues of death as Kastenbaum's Death, Society, and Human Experience. It is organized according to the same structural principles as my own lectures and I find it extremely easy to fit into my style. The presentation is very clear and stimulating for students. I have found the Instructor's Manual as useful in preparing lectures and exams as the over-all text is for students." Andrew Barclay, Michigan State University, reviewer.

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User Review  - Lynda - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Perkins - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

How Much Do We Fear Death?
17
WHAT IS DEATH?
29
DEFINITION OF DEATH 33 Interpretations of The Death State
41
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About the author (2001)

Robert Kastenbaum, PhD, left a promising career as a skating messenger to enter University of Southern California on a fellowship in philosophy. He emerged as a clinical psychologist, and later served as director of a geriatric hospital before taking up his current responsibilities as professor of communication at Arizona State University. Along the way, he founded "International Journal of Aging and Human Development, " and "Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. "He is a past president of the American Association of Suicidology and past chair of the Section on Behavioral and Social Sciences of the Gerontological Society of America. Kastenbaum scripted the National Public Radio series: "Essays for the Ear: Youth's the Tune, Age the Song." He was a co-editor of "Handbook of the Humanities and Aging "(Springer Publishing Company, 1992), companion volume to the present book.

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