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Ultimate ambiguities : investigating death and liminality

By: Berger, Peter(Edited by) Kroesen, Justin(Edited by)

1789207592 / 9781789207590
Published 30/05/2020
290 pages
Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly  Learn More
Reprint. Originally published: 2016.

Periods of transition are often symbolically associated with death, making the latter the paradigm of liminality.

Yet, many volumes on death in the social sciences and humanities do not specifically address liminality.

This book investigates these "ultimate ambiguities," assuming they can pose a threat to social relationships because of the disintegrating forces of death, but they are also crucial periods of creativity, change, and emergent aspects of social and religious life.

Contributors explore death and liminality from an interdisciplinary perspective and present a global range of historical and contemporary case studies outlining emotional, cognitive, artistic, social, and political implications.


JHBZ Sociology: death & dying, JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

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