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Encyclopedia of death and the human experience

Author: Clifton D Bryant; Dennis L Peck
Publisher: Los Angeles : SAGE, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From "abortion" to "zombies," this two-volume encyclopedia contains some 330 entries that provide an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exploration of death, dying, and death related behavior, encompassing the causes of death and the nature of the actions and emotions surrounding death among the living. Editors Bryant (sociology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U.) and Peck (sociology, U. of Alabama)  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reference works
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Encyclopedia
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Clifton D Bryant; Dennis L Peck
ISBN: 9781412951784 141295178X
OCLC Number: 251215640
Awards: Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2010
Description: 2 volumes (xv, 1102 pages) ; 29 cm
Contents: v. 1. A-G --
v. 2. H-Z, Index.
Responsibility: editors, Clifton D. Bryant, Dennis L. Peck.
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This two-volume Encyclopdia - through multidisciplinary and international contributions and perspectives - organizes, defines and clarifies more than 300 death-related concepts.  Read more...

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