Death comes to all humans, but how death is managed, symbolised and experienced varies widely, not only between individuals but also between groups. What then shapes how a society manages death, dying and bereavement today? Are all modern countries similar? How important are culture, the physical environment, national histories, national laws and institutions, and globalization? This is the first book to look at how all these different factors shape death and dying in the modern world. Written by an internationally renowned scholar in death studies, and drawing on examples from around the world, including the UK, USA, China and Japan, The Netherlands, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. This book investigates how key factors such as money, communication technologies, the family, religion, and war, interact in complex ways to shape people’s experiences of dying and grief. Essential reading for students, researchers and professionals across sociology, anthropology, social work and healthcare, and for anyone who wants to understand how countries around the world manage death and dying.


Part III looked at cultural differences in how death, dying and bereavement are imagined, organized, and managed; Part IV will now look at national differences. Each nation state has its own very specific history of modernization, which includes the modernization of its death system (Chapter 11). Involvement in war can catalyse new technologies and new policies in managing death and dying, and can influence how people cope with loss and how they remember the past and the dead; each war, and each nation’s involvement in the same war, is different; and there may be differences within a nation, as in civil war (Chapter 12). Finally, Chapter 13 looks at laws, social institutions, ideologies and random events which shape death and loss within a ...

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