Rest in Peace

Author: Gary Laderman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019518355X
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Gary Laderman traces the origins of American funeral rituals, & looks at the increasing subordination of religious figures to the funeral director in the late 20th century, demonstrating that the modern director is very far from Mitford's manipulator of 'The American Way of Death'.

Parting Ways

Author: Denise Carson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520268733
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"Carson explores, in captivating detail, the new alternatives to traditional, institutionalized dying, mourning, and memorialization. She deftly paints a vivid portrait of her own experiences and successfully ties in conceptual research on newer death rituals. This book is truly unique and timely." --Tony Bell, Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, Department of Sociology "Parting Ways provides a fresh and contemporary perspective on American death rituals. Carson expertly weaves her personal narrative around existing research, and in the process, she delivers an important analysis on ritual and death that is poignant and widely accessible." --Justin Holcomb, Reformed Theological Seminary

Boneyards

Author: Richard Bak
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814333532
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An exploration of burial sites and customs in Metro Detroit and the historical and social changes behind our treatment of the dead.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Author: Glenn Hinson
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807898554
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Southern folklife is the heart of southern culture. Looking at traditional practices still carried on today as well as at aspects of folklife that are dynamic and emergent, contributors to this volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examine a broad range of folk traditions. Moving beyond the traditional view of folklore that situates it in historical practice and narrowly defined genres, entries in this volume demonstrate how folklife remains a vital part of communities' self-definitions. Fifty thematic entries address subjects such as car culture, funerals, hip-hop, and powwows. In 56 topical entries, contributors focus on more specific elements of folklife, such as roadside memorials, collegiate stepping, quinceanera celebrations, New Orleans marching bands, and hunting dogs. Together, the entries demonstrate that southern folklife is dynamically alive and everywhere around us, giving meaning to the everyday unfolding of community life.

Material culture in America

Author: Helen Sheumaker
Publisher: Abc-Clio Inc
ISBN: 9781576076477
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Presents more than two hundred alphabetic entries that cover the history of American material culture, including such topics as adolescence, mourning, graphic design, Art Deco, and gay consumerism.

The Sacred Remains

Author: Gary Laderman
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300078688
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" ... A primary goal of this study is to shed some light on how changing attitudes toward death and the dead in the previous century have led to present-day perspectives and practices."--Page 1.