The Death Café Movement

Exploring the Horizons of Mortality
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 3. August 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 308 Seiten
978-3-319-85353-6 (ISBN)
 
This sociological work examines the phenomenon of the Death Café, a regular gathering of strangers from all walks of life who engage in "death talk" over coffee, tea, and desserts. Using insightful theoretical frameworks, Fong explores the common themes that constitute a "death identity" and reveals how Café attendees are inspired to live in light of death because of death. Fong examines how the participants' embrace of self-sovereignty and confrontation of mortality revive their awareness of and appreciation for shared humanity. While divisive identity politics continue to foster neo-tribalisms and the construction of myriad "others," Fong makes visible how those who participate in Death Cafés end up building community while being inspired toward living more fulfilling lives. Through death talk unfettered from systemic control, they end up feeling more agency over their own lived lives as well as being more conscious of the possibility of a good death. According to Fong, participants in this phenomenon offer us a sublime way to confront the facticity of our own demise-by gathering as one.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • 59 s/w Abbildungen
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  • 59 Illustrations, black and white; XXIII, 284 p. 59 illus.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
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  • Dicke: 16 mm
  • 401 gr
978-3-319-85353-6 (9783319853536)
10.1007/978-3-319-54256-0
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Jack Fong is Associate Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA.
1. Coffee and Death2. Baby Boomers and the Death Café
3. Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action and the Colonization of the Lifeworld
4. Death Café Communicative Action
5. Death Sentiments and Death Themes6. Enhancing Habermas with Erich Fromm and Kurt Wolff
7. Enhancing Habermas with Ray Oldenburg
8. Decolonizing the Lifeworld

This sociological work examines the phenomenon of the Death Café, a regular gathering of strangers from all walks of life who engage in "death talk" over coffee, tea, and desserts. Using insightful theoretical frameworks, Fong explores the common themes that constitute a "death identity" and reveals how Café attendees are inspired to live in light of death because of death. Fong examines how the participants' embrace of self-sovereignty and confrontation of mortality revive their awareness of and appreciation for shared humanity. While divisive identity politics continue to foster neo-tribalisms and the construction of myriad "others," Fong makes visible how those who participate in Death Cafés end up building community while being inspired toward living more fulfilling lives. Through death talk unfettered from systemic control, they end up feeling more agency over their own lived lives as well as being more conscious of the possibility of a good death. According to Fong, participants in this phenomenon offer us a sublime way to confront the facticity of our own demise-by gathering as one.

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