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- Author(s)Robert J. Kastenbaum
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Inc
- Date of Publication18/09/2011
- GenreSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content NoteIllustrations, (chiefly col.), ports.
- Weight1050 g
- Width191 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edition Statement11th Revised edition
- Table Of ContentsIN THIS SECTION: 1. BRIEF 2. COMPREHENSIVE BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: As We Think About Death Chapter 2: What is Death? Chapter 3: Dying Chapter 4: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions Chapter 5: Suicide Chapter 6: Violent Death: Murder, Terrorism, Genocide, Disaster, and Accident Chapter 7: Euthanasia, Assisted Death, Abortion, and the Right to Die COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: As We Think About Death A History of Death? Not Thinking About Death: A Failed Experiment Your Self-Inventory of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Feelings Some Answers - And The Questions They Raise Man is Mortal: But What Does That Have To DO With Me? Anxiety, Denial, and Acceptance: Three Core Concepts Studies and Theories of Death Anxiety Major Findings From Self-Reports of Death Anxiety Theoretical Perspectives on Death Anxiety Accepting and Denying Death Chapter 2: What is Death? Ideas About The Nature And Meaning Of Death Death As Observed, Proclaimed, And Imagined Biomedical Approaches To The Definition Of Death Event Versus State What Does Death Mean? Interpretations Of The Death State Conditions That Resemble Death Death As A Person Conditions That Death Resembles The Undead Death As An Agent Of Personal, Political, And Social Chapter 3: Dying The Moment Of Death: Is It Vanishing? What Is Dying, And When Does It Begin? Trajectories Of Dying: From Beginning To End Guarded Feelings, Subtle Communications Individuality And Universality In The Experience Of Dying Theoretical Models Of The Dying Process Chapter 4: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions From Description To Decision Making Who Should Participate In End-Of-Life Decisions? The Living Will And Its Impact Right-To-Die Decisions That We Can Make A Right Not To Die? The Cryonics Alternative Organ Donation Funeral-Related Decisions Chapter 5: Suicide What Do The Statistics Tell Us? Four Problem Areas Some Cultural Meanings Of Suicide A Powerful Sociological Theory Of Suicide Some Individual Meanings Of Suicide Facts And Myths About Suicide Suicide Prevention Emerging Issues And Challenges Chapter 6: Violent Death: Murder, Terrorism, Genocide, Disaster, and Accident Murder Terrorism 9/11/01 And Its Consequences Accident And Disaster Chapter 7: Euthanasia, Assisted Death, Abortion, and the Right to Die I Swear By Appollo The Physician : What Happened To The Hippocratic Oath? Key Terms And Concepts Our Changing Attitudes Toward A Right To Die The Right-To-Die Dilemma: Case Examples
- Author BiographyBob Kastenbaum's exploits as skating messenger apparently qualified him to become editor of two community newspapers, an eccentric career trajectory that somehow led to a graduate scholarship in philosophy and a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Southern California (1959). He was most interested in fields of psychological study that barely existed at the time: lifespan development and aging, time perspective, creativity, and death and dying. Kastenbaum became part of an emerging cadre that overcame the prevailing neglect and resistance to these issues. He worked in varied settings as clinician, researcher, activist, hospital administrator, educator, and author. The innovative programs he introduced into a geriatric hospital and his article, The Reluctant Therapist have been credited with preparing the way for increased attention to the needs and potentials of vulnerable elders and terminally ill people. With Dick Kalish, he founded Omega, the first peer-reviewed journal focused on death-related issues. Kastenbaum taught the first regularly-scheduled university course on death and dying and came up with the first textbook (Death,Society, & Human Experience, 1977). He also established the first university-based educational and research center on death and dying (Wayne State University, 1966). His other books include The Psychology ofDeath (1972, 1990, 2000); Dorian, Graying: Is Youth the Only Thing Worth Having? (1995), and On Our Way. The Final Passage Through Life and Death (2004). He has also served as editor of the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death andDying, (2003) and two previous encyclopedias. In the public sphere he has served as a co-founder of The National Caucus on Black Aging, consultant to the United States Senate Special Subcommittee on Aging, and participant in developing the Veterans Administration's geriatric research and educational centers, and the landmark National Hospice Demonstration Project. Kastenbaum lives in Tempe, Arizona with Bunny (wife), Angel (The Incredible Leaping Dog), enhanced by Pumpkin and Snowflake in the cat department. Along with his continuing research interests, Kastenbaum has been writing book and verse for musicals and operas. He notes that nobody has died in the two most recently premiered operas (Closing Time;American Gothic, music by Kenneth LaFave), but cannot make any such promises about the next opera.
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