Ch.1: The study of death
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What is thanatology?
the study of death-related behavior including actions and emotions concerned with dying, death, and bereavement
Where is death witnessed the most?
What is etiology?
knowing what lead to the death
What has changed about death in the 20th century?
there are fewer farmers leading to less exposure and experience with death
How did terrorism affect the experiences of death?
the fear of becoming a victim to future possible terrorism. More anxious and nervous about death.
What is the difference between acute and chronic diseases?
chronic diseases last a long time and eventually lead to death whereas acute diseases lead to death in a much shorter period of time
What is the Structural-Functional theory of death?
- society is a social system of interacting parts
- people fill roles that society expects them to fill
- the function of death is bringing family closer together (creates jobs)
- death is considered a function of the overall balance
What is the Social-Conflict theory of death?
- Inequality and competition for resources
- type of care depends on ability to afford it
- based on care able to afford leads to how the mortality statistic turns out
- can create family conflicts (who gets what after death of family member)
What is the Social Exchange theory of death?
- Rewards and costs are based on the possible benefits gained from the results of certain actions
- there are costs and benefits based on social standards
What is the Symbolic-Interaction theory of death?
- society is socially constructed
- society creates meanings for symbols
- based on how we interpret meanings leads to how we interact
- perceptions are based on the situations we end up in
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