Academic Resources


Keywords: Death & Dying, Death Care, Epidemics, Grief, Media, Memorialization, Mourning, Ritual 

American Anthropological Association panel, “Caring for the Dead in Troubling Times,” with Tamara Kohn, Sally Raudon, Hannah Gould, Ruth E. Toulson, and Anne Allison, November 11, 2020.

Arnold, Michael, Martin Gibbs, Tamara Kohn, James Meese, Bjorn Nansen, and Elizabeth Hallam. 2018. Death and Digital Media. London and New York: Routledge. 

Balkan, Osman. 2016. “Between Civil Society and the State: Bureaucratic Competence and Cultural Mediation among Muslim Undertakers in Berlin.” Journal of Intercultural Studies 37 (2): 147–61.

Bear, Laura, Nikita Simpson, Michael Angland, Jaskiran K. Bhogal, Rebecca Bowers, Fenella Cannell, Katy Gardner, et al. 2020. “‘A Good Death’ during the Covid-19 Pandemic in the UK: A Report on Key Findings and Recommendations.” London, UK: London School of Economic and Political Science.

Bell, Catherine M. 1992. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Bloch, Maurice, and Jonathan Parry, eds. 1982. Death and the Regeneration of Life. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  

Cann, Candi K. 2014. Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. 

Coleman, E. Gabriella. 2010. “Ethnographic Approaches to Digital Media.” Annual Review of Anthropology 39 (1): 487–505.

Collins, Wanda Lott, and Amy Doolittle. 2006. “Personal Reflections of Funeral Rituals and Spirituality in a Kentucky African American Family.” Death Studies 30 (10): 957–69.

Connerton, Paul. 1989. How Societies Remember. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 

Dawdy, Shannon Lee. 2020. “American Afterlives: Ghosts in the Commodity.” Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 6 (2): 206–23.

Durkheim, Emile. 1995. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Translated by Karen E. Fields. New York: Free Press. 

Engelke, Matthew. 2019. “The Anthropology of Death Revisited.” Annual Review of Anthropology 48 (1): 29–44. 

Faust, Drew Gilpin. 2008. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 

Fletcher, Kami. 2015. “Real Business: Maryland’s First Black Cemetery Journey’s into the Enterprise of Death, 1807-1920.” Thanatological Studies, 7: 53-85. 

Gershon, Ilana. 2010. “Media Ideologies: An Introduction: Media Ideologies: An Introduction.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 20 (2): 283–93.

Grimes, Ronald L. 2006. Rite Out of Place: Ritual, Media, and the Arts. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 

Haverinen, Anna. 2016. “Facebook, Ritual and Community – Memorialising in Social Media.” Ethnologia Fennica 42 (September).

Hayashi, Michael A. L., and Marisa C. Eisenberg. 2017. “Changing Burial Practices Explain Temporal Trends in the 2014 Ebola Outbreak.” ArXiv:1709.07319 [q-Bio], September.

Hertz, Robert. 2009. “A Contribution to a Study of the Collective Representation of Death.” In Saints, Heroes, Myths, and Rites: Classical Durkheimian Studies of Religion and Society, edited by Alexander Riley, Sarah Daynes, and Cyril Isnart, 109–45. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers. 

Holloway, Karla F. C. 2003. Passed On: African American Mourning Stories: A Memorial. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 

Huberman, Jennifer. 2013. “Forever a Fan: Reflections on the Branding of Death and the Production of Value.” Anthropological Theory 12(4):467–85. 

Hussain, Amir. 2017. “Funeral and Death Rites: Honoring the Departed.” In The Practice of Islam in America: An Introduction, edited by Edward E. Curtis. New York: NYU Press.  

Hutchings, Timothy. 2017. “‘We Are a United Humanity’: Death, Emotion and Digital Media in the Church of Sweden.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 61 (1): 90–107.

Jacobs, Stephen. 2007. “Virtually Sacred: The Performance of Asynchronous Cyber-Rituals in Online Spaces.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 12 (3): 1103–21.

Kelly, Ann, Christos Lynteris, and Frédéric Keck, eds. 2019. The Anthropology of Epidemics. London: Routledge. 

Kneese, Tamara. 2018. “Mourning the Commons: Circulating Affect in Crowdfunded Funeral Campaigns.” Social Media + Society 4 (1): 205630511774335.

Kwon, Heonik. 2008. Ghosts of War in Vietnam. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  

Laqueur, Thomas Walter. 2015. The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 

Lingel, Jessa. 2013. “The Digital Remains: Social Media and Practices of Online Grief.” The Information Society 29 (3): 190–95.

Liu, Huwy-Min Lucia. “Ritual and Pluralism: Incommensurable Values and Techniques of Commensurability in Contemporary Urban Chinese Funerals.” Critique of Anthropology 40 (1): 102–24. 

Mbembe, Achille. 2003. “Necropolitics.” Public Culture 15 (1):11–40. 

McIvor, David Wallace. 2016. Mourning in America: Race and the Politics of Loss. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 

Metcalf, Peter, and Richard Huntington. 1991. Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 

Mitford, Jessica. 1978. The American Way of Death Revisited. New York: Knopf.  

Moran, Mary H. 2017. “Missing Bodies and Secret Funerals: The Production of ‘Safe and Dignified Burials’ in the Liberian Ebola Crisis.” Anthropological Quarterly 90 (2): 399–421.

Mueggler, Erik. 2018. Songs for Dead Parents: Corpse, Text, and World in Southwest China.  Chicago, IL: University of  Chicago Press. 

Newby,  Zahra, and Ruth Toulson, eds. 2018. The Materiality of Mourning: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives. New York: Routledge. 

Proctor, Devin. 2019. “Cybernetic Animism: Non-Human Personhood and the Internet.” In Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture, edited by Amanda Lagerkvist, 227–41. Routledge Studies in Religion and Digital Culture. New York: Routledge. 

Rojas-Perez, Isaias. 2017. Mourning Remains: State Atrocity, Exhumations, and Governing the Disappeared in Peru’s Postwar Andes. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 

Rosenblatt, Adam. 2015. Digging the Disappeared: Forensic Science after Atrocity. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 

Shepardson, Mary. 1978. “Changes in Navajo Mortuary Practices and Beliefs.” American Indian Quarterly 4 (4): 383.

Smith, Suzanne E. 2010. To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press. 

Stalcup, Meg. 2020. “The Invention of Infodemics: On the Outbreak of Zika and Rumors.” Somatosphere (blog). March 16, 2020.

Toulson, Ruth E. 2013. “The Meanings of Red Envelopes: Promises and Lies at a Singaporean Chinese Funeral.” Journal of Material Culture 18 (2): 155–69.

Troyer, John. 2020. Technologies of the Human Corpse. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 

Van Gennep, Arnold. 2001 [1909]. The Rites of Passage. Translated by Monika B. Vizedom and Gabrielle L. Caffee. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 

Vitebsky, Piers. 1993. Dialogues with the Dead: The Discussion of Mortality among the Sora of Eastern India. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

———. 2017. Living without the Dead: Loss and Redemption in a Jungle Cosmos. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Wagner, Anna J. M. 2018. “Do Not Click ‘Like’ When Somebody Has Died: The Role of Norms for Mourning Practices in Social Media.” Social Media + Society 4 (1): 205630511774439.

Wagner, Sarah E. 2008. To Know Where He Lies: DNA Technology and the Search for Srebrenica’s Missing. Berkeley: University of California Press.

———. 2019. What Remains: Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Wald, Priscilla. 2008. Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Williams, Carol Thomas. 2008. “Paradigm Shift in African American Funeral Customs: Looking through the Lens of Oral History and Consumer Culture.” Dissertation, Statesboro, GA: Georgia Southern University. Electronic Theses and Dissertations.