Cremation: Cremated remains

Baker, C., Menzel Baker, S. & Gentry, J. 2016

‘The role of body disposition in making sense of life and death’ in S. Dobscha (ed.) Death in a Consumer Culture, London: Routledge, 213-227.

Benkel, T., Klie, T. & Meizler, M. 2020

Enchantment: Ashes, Diamonds and the Transformation of Funeral Culture, Göttingen: Vanderhoek & Ruprecht.

Dalgren, C. & Hermanson, J. 2006

‘“Här ska min aska vila”. Nya plaster och riter för gravsättning ava ska på andra plaster än begravningsplats’, in C. Dalgren & J. Hermansson (eds) Studies in Sociology of Religion 6, Lund: Lunds universitet.

Fjell, T. 2020

‘The coffin, the urn and the ashes: conceptions of death’, Ethnologia Scandinavica, 50, 103-120.

Goyvaerts S. & Vande Keere N. 2020

‘Liturgy and landscape – re-activating Christian funeral rites through adaptive reuse of a rural church and its surroundings as a columbarium and urn cemetery’, Religions, 11:8, 407.

Hadders, H. 2013

‘Cremation in Norway: regulation, changes and challenges’, Mortality, 18:2, 195-213.

Heessels, M. 2012

Bringing Home the Dead: Ritualizing Cremation in the Netherlands, Nijmegen: Radboud University.

Heessels, M. 2012

‘Every funeral unique in (y)our own way! Professionals propagating cremation rituals’, in D.J. Davies and C. Park (eds) Emotion, Identity and Death: Mortality Across Disciplines, London: Routledge, 125-143.

Heessels, M., Poots, F. & Venbrux, E. 2012

‘In touch with the deceased: animate objects and human ashes’, Material Religion, 8, 466-488.

Hockey, J. 2011

Contemporary cultures of memorialisation: blending social inventiveness and conformity?’, in S. Conway (ed.) Governing Death and Loss: Empowerment, Involvement and Participation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 27-36.

Høeg, I. 2023

‘Solid and floating burial places. Ash disposal and the constituting of spaces of disposal’, Mortality, 28:1, 1-20.

Høeg, I. 2023

‘Accommodation of ash scattering in contemporary Norwegian governance of death and religion/worldview’, Approaching Religion, 13:1, 54-72.

Jieun, K. 2016

‘Necrosociality: isolated death and unclaimed cremains in Japan’, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22:44, 843– 63.

Kellaher, L., Hockey, J. & Prendergast, D. 2010

‘Wandering lines and cul-de-sacs: trajectories of ashes in the United Kingdom, in Hockey, J., Komaromy, C. & Woodthorpe, K. (eds) The Matter of Death: Space, Place and Materiality, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 133-147.

Kellaher, L., Prendergast, D. & Hockey, J. 2005

‘In the shadow of the traditional grave’, Mortality, 10:4, 237-250.

Keller, S. 2016

‘Only love remains: straddling the real and the symbolic in the disposition of cremated remains between divorced couples’, Savannah Law Review, 3:1, 117-136.

Kolnberger, T. 2019

‘Die lange anreise zur ewigen ruhe? Post-mortem mobalitat und kleiner grenszverkehr in sachen kremation’, in S. Kmec, R. Philippart & A. Reuter (eds) Ewige Ruhe? Grabkulturen in Luxemburg und den Nachbarrregionen, Luxembourg : CapybaraBooks, 327-330.

Light, D., Rugg, J., & Young, C. 2022

The disposal of cremation ashes in tourism settings: practices, impacts and management’, Current Issues in Tourism, 26:8, 1354-1366.

Mathijssen, B. 2017

‘The ambiguity of human ashes: exploring encounters with cremated remains in the Netherlands’, Death Studies, 41: 1, 34-41.

Prendergast, D., Hockey, J. and Kellaher, L. 2006

‘Blowing in the wind? Identity, materiality and the destination of human ashes’, Journal of the Royal Anthropology Institute, 12:4, 881-898.


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