The Price of Death: The Funeral Industry in Contemporary Japan

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Februar 2002



"This original and stimulating book presents detailed ethnographic information on a little-known aspect of Japanese society. It is a lively and moving account, with many interesting analytic points. The author's behind-the-scenes perspective on the funeral industry and the symbols and social markers involved in their performance of the funeral are fascinating." --Theodore Bestor, Cornell University "(The Price of Death) makes an excellent contribution to our understanding of the nature of a Japanese enterprise from an economic point of view and with a rich fund of ethnographic insight."--Enterprise & Society


Introduction: commercial funerals for contemporary Japanese; 1. Death rituals in anthropology and Japanese folklore studies; 2. The history of Japanese funeral traditions; 3. The phase of negated death; 4. The funeral ceremony: rites of passage; 5. Funeral professionals at moon rise; 6. Funeral professionals outside of moon rise; 7. The commoditization of the bathing ceremony; Conclusion: the shift to commercialization and mass consumption; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


Hikaru Suzuki received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 1997 and her M.B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999.
EAN: 9780804735612
ISBN: 0804735611
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2002
Seitenanzahl: 280 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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