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Postmortal Society : Towards a Sociology of Immortality.

Author: Michael Hviid Jacobsen
Publisher: Milton : Taylor and Francis, 2016.
Series: Studies in death, materiality and the origin of time.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Jacobsen, Michael Hviid.
Postmortal Society : Towards a Sociology of Immortality.
Milton : Taylor and Francis, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Hviid Jacobsen
ISBN: 9781317077220 1317077229
OCLC Number: 982018899
Notes: The Natural Aristotelian man.
Description: 1 online resource (257 pages).
Contents: Half Title; Series Information; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Contributors; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction: Towards a postmortal society: Paving the pathway for a sociology of immortality ; Introduction; Thoughts on life, death and immortality; The topic of immortality from fiction to sociology; Towards a postmortal society; About this book; References; 1 How the dead survive: Ancestors, immortality, memory; Introduction; Family ancestors; Religious immortality; Secular memory; Care versus memory. Continuing bonds: the return of ancestors?Terror, finitude and immortality; Conclusion; Notes; References; 2 The future of death and the four pathways to immortality; Introduction; Pathway to immortality 1: survival of the body; Pathway to immortality 2: survival of the mind; Pathway to immortality 3: survival of the genes; Pathway to immortality 4: survival of the memes; What counts as survival?; Conclusions; References; 3 Individualised immortality in liquid-modern times; Introduction; Mortality, Immortality and Other Life Strategies: a 'radical book' Death: the destroyer and creator of meaningThe modern deconstruction of death; The postmodern deconstruction of immortality; Life strategies and survival policies; The liquid-modern individualisation of the inroads to immortality; Immortality, utopia and morality; Conclusion; Note; References; 4 Terror management theory: Surviving the awareness of death one way or another ; Introduction; The roots of Terror Management Theory; Empirical support for Terror Management Theory; The mortality salience hypothesis; The anxiety buffer hypothesis; The death thought accessibility hypothesis. Terror management strategies for immortalityImmortality via cultural self-enhancement; Immortality via inter-personal relationships; Immortality via disassociation from the body and from animals; Survival versus immortality; Conclusion; References; 5 The immortalisation of celebrities; Introduction; Technologies of immortality; Visual representation; Impersonation; Recording; Naming practices; Reasons for immortalisation; Ideological or nationalistic purposes; Economic purposes; Sentimental reasons; Celebrity, immortality and social media; Conclusion; Notes; References. 6 The contemporary imaginary of work: Symbolic immortality within the postmodern corporate discourse Introduction: work, meaning and immortality in contemporary Western society; The corporate work culture and the social features of symbolic immortality through work; Narcissism: towards a new place for meaning; Breaking the limits: an expanding place for meaning; The (new) infantilisation: re-enchanting meaning; Conclusions; Notes; References; 7 The neuronal identity: Strategies of immortality in contemporary Western culture ; Introduction; Images of man and different strategies of immortality.
Series Title: Studies in death, materiality and the origin of time.

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