Postmortal Society: Towards a Sociology of Immortality by Michael Hviid Jacobsen

By Michael Hviid Jacobsen

Throughout historical past mankind has struggled to reconcile itself with the inescapability of its personal mortality. This ebook explores the subjects of immortality and survivalism in modern tradition, laying off gentle at the diverse and creative ways that people and human societies aspire to confront and take care of dying, or perhaps search to survive it, because it have been.

Bringing jointly theoretical and empirical paintings from across the world acclaimed students throughout quite a number disciplines, Postmortal Society bargains stories of the ideas followed and ability to be had in sleek society for attempting to ‘cheat’ loss of life or delay lifestyles, the prestige of the lifeless within the smooth Western international, the results of ideals that deal with the phobia of loss of life in different parts of existence, the ‘immortalisation’ of celebrities, the veneration of the lifeless in digital worlds, symbolic immortality via paintings, the consequences of figuring out ‘immortality’ in chemical-neuronal phrases, and the obvious paradox of our higher reverence for the useless in more and more secular, capitalist societies.

A attention-grabbing selection of experiences that discover humanity’s makes an attempt to accommodate its personal mortality within the sleek age, this publication will attract sociologists, anthropologists, philosophers and students of cultural reviews with pursuits in loss of life and dying.

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