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The best-selling textbook in the field, The Last Dance offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of death and dying. Integrating the experiential, scholarly, social, individual, emotional, and intellectual dimensions of death and dying, the eighth edition of this acclaimed text has been revised to offer cutting-edge and comprehensive coverage of death studies. This new edition of The Last Dance provides solid grounding in theory and research, as well as practical application to students' lives.

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This accessible introduction to the study of death and dying embodies an approach to the field that combines the intellectual with the emotional, the social and the psychological, the experiential and the scholarly. Perspectives from medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences are all represented. The art program features b&w photos, cartoons, and works of art from different cultures, plus poems and excerpts from well-known and less known writers of Western and other cultures. Early chapters examine the influence of sociocultural forces on our understanding of death. Later chapters look at the dying patient in the modern Western health care system, and decisions pertaining to the end of life. Other subjects explored include death customs of many cultures, bereavement and grief, awareness of death throughout the lifespan, and threats of horrendous death. The last two chapters of the text deal with questions about the meaning of human mortality, with material on global religious and secular traditions, near-death experiences, beliefs concerning the afterlife, and death education. A companion web site contains activities and other resources. This eighth edition integrates the latest research and practice. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Attitudes Toward Death: A Climate of Change

Chapter 2 – Learning About Death: The Influence of Sociocultural Forces

Chapter 3 – Perspectives on Death: Cultural and Historical

Chapter 4 – Death Systems: Mortality and Society

Chapter 5 – Health Care: Patients, Staff, and Institutions

Chapter 6 – End-of-Life Issues and Decisions

Chapter 7 – Facing Death: Living with Life-Threatening Illness

Chapter 8 – Last Rites: Funerals and Body Disposition

Chapter 9 – Survivors: Understanding the Experience of Loss

Chapter 10 – Death in the Lives of Children and Adolescents

Chapter 11 – Death in the Lives of Adults

Chapter 12 – Suicide

Chapter 13 – Threats of Horrendous Death

Chapter 14 – Beyond Death / After Life

Chapter 15 – The Path Ahead: Personal and Social Choices

Product Details

Despelder, Lynne Ann
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Despelder, Lynne Ann
Strickland, Albert Lee
Death & Dying
Social aspects
Death -- Psychological aspects.
Death -- Social aspects.
Sociology - General
Publication Date:
July 2008
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.20x7.40x1.20 in. 2.60 lbs.

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