In the work of the dead acclaimed cultural historian thomas laqueur examines why humanity has universally rejected diogeness argument no culture has been indifferent to mortal remains even in our supposedly disenchanted scientific age the dead body still matters for individuals communities and nations. The work of the dead a cultural history of mortal remains by thomas w laqueur the greek philosopher diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse in the work of the dead acclaimed cultural historian thomas laqueur examines why . The work of the dead by thomas w laqueur is a free netgalley ebook that i read in early october as a more academic anthropological counterpart to mary roachs stiff the work of the dead covers the who where and when of burial final religious rites corpse disposal and recognition of the dead in europe and the meditteranean. Culture and from the human community to deny the existence of the community from which it came to deny its humanity one of the most damning pictures of the aftermath of urricane katrina was that of the dead unattended littering h the streets of an american city if we are to believe medieval bestiaries hyenas. The work of the dead npr coverage of the work of the dead a cultural history of mortal remains by thomas w laqueur news author interviews critics picks and more
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