Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience, 1st Edition

  • J. Mitchell Miller University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412972035
  • ISBN-13: 9781412972031
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1102 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Death and dying and death-related behavior involve the causes of death and the nature of the actions and emotions surrounding death among the living. Interest in the varied dimensions of death and dying has led to the development of death studies that move beyond medical research to include behavioral science disciplines and practitioner-oriented fields. As a result of this interdisciplinary interest, the literature in the field has proliferated. This two-volume resource addresses the traditional death and dying-related topics but also presents a unique focus on the human experience to create a new dimension to the study of death and dying. With more than 300 entries, the Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience includes the complex cultural beliefs and traditions and the institutionalized social rituals that surround dying and death, as well as the array of emotional responses relating to bereavement, grieving, and mourning. The Encyclopedia is enriched through important multidisciplinary contributions and perspectives as it arranges, organizes, defines, and clarifies a comprehensive list of death-related perspectives, concepts, and theories.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Editorial Board.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Entries.
Reader's Guide.
About the Editors.
About the Editorial Board.
1: Abortion.
2: Accidental Death.
3: Acute and Chronic Diseases.
4: Adolescence and Death.
5: Adulthood and Death.
6: African Beliefs and Traditions.
7: After-Death Communication.
8: Aging, the Elderly, and Death.
9: Alcohol Use and Death.
10: Altruistic Suicide.
11: Alzheimer's Disease.
12: Ambiguous Loss and Unresolved Grief.
13: American Indian Beliefs and Traditions.
14: Ancestor Veneration, Japanese.
15: Ancient Egyptian Beliefs and Traditions.
16: Angel Makers.
17: Angels.
18: Animism.
19: Anniversary Reaction Phenomenon.
20: Anorexia and Bulimia.
21: Apocalypse.
22: Appropriate Death.
23: Ariès's Social History of Death.
24: Armageddon.
25: Art of Dying, The (Ars Moriendi).
26: Assassination.
27: Assisted Suicide.
28: Atheism and Death.
29: Atrocities.
30: Australian Aboriginal Beliefs and Traditions.
31: Autoerotic Asphyxia.
32: Awareness of Death in Open and Closed Contexts.
33: Banshee.
34: Baptism for the Dead.
35: Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning.
36: Bioethics, History of.
37: Body Disposition.
38: Body Farms.
39: Brain Death.
40: Buddhist Beliefs and Traditions.
41: Burial, Paleolithic.
42: Burial at Sea.
43: Burial Insurance.
44: Burial Laws.
45: Buried Alive.
46: Cancer and Oncology.
47: Cannibalism.
48: Capital Punishment.
49: Cardiovascular Disease.
50: Caregiver Stress.
51: Caregiving.
52: Caskets and the Casket Industry.
53: Causes of Death, Contemporary.
54: Causes of Death, Historical Perspectives.
55: Cemeteries.
56: Cemeteries, Ancient (Necropolises).
57: Cemeteries, Pet.
58: Cemeteries, Unmarked Graves and Potter's Field.
59: Cemeteries, Virtual.
60: Cemeteries and Columbaria, Military and Battlefield.
61: Childhood, Children, and Death.
62: Chinese Death Taboos.
63: Christian Beliefs and Traditions.
64: Chronic Sorrow.
65: Clergy.
66: Cloning.
67: Clothing and Fashion, Death-Related.
68: Columbarium.
69: Commodification of Death.
70: Communal Bereavement.
71: Communicating with the Dead.
72: Condolences.
73: Confucian Beliefs and Traditions.
74: Coping with the Loss of Loved Ones.
75: Coroner.
76: Coroner's Jury.
77: Cosmetic Restoration.
78: Cremation.
79: Cremation Movements.
80: Cryonics.
81: Cult Deaths.
82: Curses and Hexes.
83: Cyberfunerals.
84: Dance of Death (Danse Macabre).
85: Daoist Beliefs and Traditions.
86: Databases.
87: Day of the Dead.
88: Death, Anthropological Perspectives.
89: Death, Clinical Perspectives.
90: Death, Humanistic Perspectives.
91: Death, Line of Duty.
92: Death, Philosophical Perspectives.
93: Death, Psychological Perspectives.
94: Death, Sociological Perspectives.
95: Death Anxiety.
96: Death Awareness Movement.
97: Deathbed Scene.
98: Death Care Industry.
99: Death Care Industry, Economics of.
100: Death Certificate.
101: Death Education.
102: Death in the Future.
103: Death Mask.
104: Death Notification Process.
105: Death-Related Crime.
106: Death-Related Music.
107: Death Squads.
108: Death Superstitions.
109: Decomposition.
110: Defining and Conceptualizing Death.
111: Deities of Life and Death.
112: Demographic Transition Model.
113: Denial of Death.
114: Depictions of Death in Art Form.
115: Depictions of Death in Sculpture and Architecture.
116: Depictions of Death in Television and the Movies.
117: Deviance, Dying as.
118: Devil.
119: Disasters, Man-Made.
120: Disasters, Natural.
121: Discretionary Death.
122: Disenfranchised Grief.
123: Disengagement Theory.
124: Domestic Violence.
125: Drug Use and Abuse.
126: Dueling.
127: Economic Evaluation of Life.
128: Economic Impact of Death on the Family.
129: Egyptian Perceptions of Death in Antiquity.
130: Elegy.
131: Embalming.
132: End-of-Life Decision Making.
133: Epidemics and Plagues.
134: Epitaphs.
135: Equivocal Death.
136: Eschatology.
137: Eschatology in Major Religious Traditions.
138: Estate Planning.
139: Estate Tax.
140: Eulogy.
141: Euthanasia.
142: Exhumation.
143: Familicide.
144: Famine.
145: Fatwa.
146: Food Poisoning and Contamination.
147: Forensic Anthropology.
148: Forensic Science.
149: Frankenstein.
150: Freudian Theory.
151: Friends, Impact of Death of.
152: Funeral Conveyances.
153: Funeral Director.
154: Funeral Home.
155: Funeral Industry.
156: Funeral Industry, Unethical Practices.
157: Funeral Music.
158: Funeral Pyre.
159: Funerals.
160: Funerals, Military.
161: Funerals, State.
162: Funerals and Funeralization in Cross-Cultural Perspective.
163: Funerals and Funeralization in Major Religious Traditions.
164: Gender and Death.
165: Genocide.
166: Ghost Dance.
167: Ghost Month.
168: Ghost Photography.
169: Ghosts.
170: Gold Star Mothers.
171: Good Death.
172: Grave Robbing.
173: Green Burials.
174: Grief, Bereavement, and Mourning in Cross-Cultural Perspective.
175: Grief, Bereavement, and Mourning in Historical Perspective.
176: Grief, Types of.
177: Grief and Bereavement Counseling.
178: Grief and Dementia.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

J. Mitchell Miller

J. Mitchell Miller (Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1996) is a Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he serves as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. He has also served two years (2000-2002) as a Visiting Professor at Moscow International University in Russia and as Director the Graduate Studies Program in Drugs and Addictions at the University of South Carolina (2002-2006). He was Editor-in-Chief of the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Criminology (Taylor & Francis, 2005) and has authored or co-authored five textbooks and one monograph and 46 articles and book chapters. He has also served as Editor of two journals (Journal of Crime & Justice, 1999-2002; Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2005-2009). The National Criminal Justice Honor Society named him National Advisor of the Year in 2002, and he is actively involved in both national and regional criminology and criminal justice organizations (ASC, ACJS, ASA, etc).