The Sustainable Dead: Searching for the Intolerable
While eco-lightbulbs, tiny homes and bans on single-use plastic bags nibble at the edges of our profligate ways, ecological and social sustainability is beginning to profoundly challenge long-standing death styles. This collection brings together new scholarship on multiple and innovative changes to managing the dead from around the world, including the USA, Poland, the Netherlands, Britain, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, to argue for a new perspective in theorising this shift to more sustainable death ways. This is a perspective that moves on from a top-down approach to social change, viewing the perceived gulf between cultural and space management as more a fabrication than a reality.
Ruth McManus teaches and researches on sociology and death studies. An Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Canterbury New Zealand, she is inaugural President of the Society for Death Studies, which promotes research and understanding across all areas of death studies with particular reference to New Zealand academic, professional, artistic and practitioner communities. Her books include Death in a Global Age (2012), Exploring Society (2019), and Death Down Under (2019). She has also researched and written on a wide variety of death studies topics, including shipwrecks, disaster memorialization and suicide genealogies.
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