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- DescriptionHow do our ideas about dying influence the way we live? Life has often been envisioned as a journey, the river of time carrying us inexorably toward the unkwn country - and in our day we increasingly turn to myth and magic, ritual and virtual reality, cloning and cryostasis in the hope of eluding the reality of the inevitable end. In this book a preeminent and eminently wise writer on death and dying proposes a new way of understanding our last transition. A fresh exploration of the final passage through life and perhaps through death, his work deftly interweaves historical and contemporary experiences and reflections to demonstrate that we are always on our way. Drawing on a remarkable range of observations - from psychology, anthropology, religion, biology, and personal experience - Robert Kastenbaum re-envisions life's forward-looking progress, from early-childhood bedtime rituals to the many small rehearsals we stage for our final separation. Along the way he illuminates such moments and ideas as becoming a 'corpsed person', going down to earth or up in flames, respecting or abusing (and eating) the dead, coping with 'too many dead', conceiving and achieving a 'good death', undertaking the journey of the dead, and learning to live through the scrimmage of daily life fully kwing that Eternity does t really come in a designer flask. Profound, insightful, often moving, this look at death as many cultures await it or approach it enriches our understanding of life as a never-ending passage.
- Author BiographyRobert Kastenbaum is Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University. He is the author of many works, including The Psychology of Death (now in its third edition, 2001), Death, Society, and Human Experience (now in its eighth edition, 2004), and Dorian, Graying: Is Youth the Only Thing Worth Having? (1995).
- Author(s)Robert Kastenbaum
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication04/05/2004
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleLife Passages S.
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 3
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note32 b/w illustrations
- Weight517 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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