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Mors Britannica: Life Style & Death Style in Britain Today

Douglas J. Davies


This anthropology–sociology of British religion aligns lifestyle and what it calls death-style; traditional and innovative forms of funeral and memorial serve as windows upon British life. Traditional cemetery and innovative woodland/green burials, cremation, ashes, and diversity of ritual leaders offer sources for analysing social change, religion, spirituality, and secular world views. Mortality and vitality as key biological dynamics transform and integrate into social forces evident in the British Establishment and the country’s National Health Service and Welfare State. Creative individua ... More

Keywords: afterlife, assisted dying, burial, death-style, funeral, human embodiment, lifestyle, mortality, suicide, vitality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644971
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644971.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas J. Davies, author
Professor in the Study of Religion, University of Durham