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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings: When is Death?

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Book Series: Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife ISBN: 9781137583277 9781137583284 Year: Pages: 167 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58328-4 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: Medicine (General)
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This volume provides a series of illuminating perspectives on the timings of death, through in-depth studies of Shakespearean tragedy, criminal execution, embalming practices, fears of premature burial, rumours of Adolf Hitler’s survival, and the legal concept of brain death. In doing so, it explores a number of questions, including: how do we know if someone is dead or not? What do people experience at the moment when they die? Is death simply a biological event that comes about in temporal stages of decomposition, or is it a social event defined through cultures, practices, and commemorations? In other words, when exactly is death? Taken together, these contributions explore how death emerges in a series of stages that are uncertain, paradoxical, and socially contested.

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