Dead body: Sociological theory

Åkesson, L. 1996

The message of dead bodies’ in S. Lundin and L. Åkesson (eds) Body Time. On the Interaction of Body, Identity and Society, Lund: Lund University Press.

Cruz-Santiago, A. 2023

‘Mexico City’s exceptional deathscapes: the disappeared, (digital) bodies, molecular speculations’, in D. House & M. Westendorp with A. Maddrell (eds) New Perspectives on Urban Deathscapes: Continuity, Changes and Contestation, Northampton MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 180-197

Hallam, E., Hockey, J. & Howarth, G. 1999

Beyond the Body: Death and Social Identity, Routledge: London.

Howarth, G. 2007

Death and Dying: A Sociological Introduction, Policy Press: Cambridge.

Johnson, L. (ed.) 2004

Body Politics. Death, Dismemberment and Memory in Latin America, Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Kristeva, J. 1982

Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection, New York: Columbia University Press.

Lazzara, M. 2010

‘Pinochet’s cadaver as ruin and palimpsest’, in M. Lazzara and V. Unruh (eds) Telling Ruins in Latin America, New York NY: Palgrave.

Olson, P. 2015

‘Knowing “necro waste”’, Social Epistomology, 30:3, 326-345.

Penfold-Mounce, R. 2010

‘Consuming criminal corpses: fascination with the dead criminal body’, Mortality, 15:3, 250-265.

Posel, D. & Gupta, P. 2009

‘The life of the corpse: framing reflections and questions’, African Studies, 68: 3, 299-309.

Shute, J. 2015

‘Moral discourse and action in relation to the corpse: integrative concepts for a criminology of mass violence’, in J-M Dreyfus & É Anstett (eds) Human Remains and Mass Violence: Methodological Approaches, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 81-105.

Williams, S. & Bendelow, G. 1998

The Lived Body: Sociological Themes, Embodied Issues, London: Routledge.


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