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Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.

Monuments in Motion: Gravemarkers, Cemeteries, and Memorials as Material Form and Context
Monuments in motion: Gravemarkers, cemeteries, and memorials as material form and context

Studies of monuments for the dead reflect a wide range of interpretations. The Taj Majal, the pyramids of Giza, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the graveyards of Puritan New England, to name but a few, have been approached from architectural, archaeological, aesthetic, and genealogical perspectives. They have also been considered in relation to ideas about status, identity, ethnicity, and social history (e.g., see Bell 1994; Meyer 1992a, 1993; Parker Pearson 1999). With these diverse approaches, however, has often been embedded the assumption that gravemarkers signify individual interment sites that permanently record the identity of the deceased. In contrast, more recent studies have ...

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