Buying an Afterlife: Mapping the Social Impact of Religious Beliefs through Consumer Death Goods
AbstractChoosing to have a body embalmed, the choice of interment locations and type, including the selection of a particular casket, are all deeply intertwined with various understandings of the afterlife, and views of the body after death. Consumer choices in these cases are often determined by imagined embodiment, and are determined in part by non-rational consumer choices based on religious upbringing and belief. In turn, diasporic and religious identity can be reinforced and solidified through consumer choices that then fulfill religious imaginations of post-death embodiment. This article traces the relationship of two consumer death goods—embalming and caskets—in the contemporary United States, examining both the implicit and explicit relationships these products have with religious worldviews, mapping the social impact of religious beliefs on consumer death choices. View Full-Text
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Cann, C.K. Buying an Afterlife: Mapping the Social Impact of Religious Beliefs through Consumer Death Goods. Religions 2017, 8, 167.
Cann CK. Buying an Afterlife: Mapping the Social Impact of Religious Beliefs through Consumer Death Goods. Religions. 2017; 8(9):167.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cann, Candi K. 2017. "Buying an Afterlife: Mapping the Social Impact of Religious Beliefs through Consumer Death Goods." Religions 8, no. 9: 167.
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