This book provides a clear, focused road map to the study of the body in society. It defines, explains and applies core topics relating to the human body demonstrating how we approach it as a social phenomenon.

Each concept: Includes an easy to understand definition; Provides real-world examples; Gives suggestions for further reading; Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

Written to meet the needs of the modern student this book offers the basic materials, tools and guidance needed study and write about the body.

Death and Dying
Death and dying

Definition In the most straightforward terms, death is the cessation of life and dying is the process which culminates in death. However, in the developed world, since the 1960s, a body may continue to experience blood circulation, respiration and bodily excretion and yet be considered no longer to be ‘alive’ due to the lack of discernible higher-cognitive function. This is due to the development of life-supporting respiratory technology and, as a direct consequence of this technology, the formulation of the ancillary diagnosis of ‘brain death’. Conversely, in the developing world, millions die of preventable diseases and treatable conditions.

Death and dying are complex, social processes. Funerary ritual marks the moment of a community's acknowledgement of the loss of a community member. ...

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