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.

“Thanatological Crime”: Some Conceptual Notes on Offenses Against the Dead as a Neglected Form of Deviant Behavior

“Thanatological crime”: Some conceptual notes on offenses against the dead as a neglected form of deviant behavior

Students of crime and deviancy have explored a diverse array of such behavior and examined it within a wide variety of interpretive contexts and institutional settings. Some examples of such diversity might include the various forms of occupational crime—“workplace deviance” (Bryant 1974) “white-collar” (Geis 1968; Johnson and Douglas 1978), “blue-collar” (Horning 1970), “blue-coat” (Stoddard 1968), and “khaki-collar” (Bryant 1979)—as well ...

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