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I was a freelance scholar from 1975 - 1994, writing books on the treatment of young offenders, religion and society, landscape, unemployment, social security, basic income, and the concept of need.
On re-entering academia in 1994, I worked as Lecturer, then Reader, in Sociology at the University of Reading. Since 2006, I have been Professor of Death Studies at the University of Bath, including four years (2011-15) as director of the Centre for Death & Society www.bath.ac.uk/cdas. At both universities I set up and directed a Masters course in Death & Society.
Since the early 1990s, my writing and lecturing have focussed on developing a sociological understanding of death in modern society. In this, I have collaborated with colleagues in religious studies, history, archaeology, linguistics, psychology, geography, computer science, medicine, social work, and gerontology. Research areas have included:
- afterlife beliefs
- personal bereavement and public mourning
- the portrayal of death in the news media
- collective memory
- human remains in museums
- end of life care and neo-liberalism
- discourses of spirituality
- social networks at the end of life
- mediations between the living and the dead
- how the internet shapes dying and grieving.
- the role of angels in mourning
- space and place
My most recent books are:
- What Death Means Now (Polity Press, 2017). This short-form book discusses contemporary issues in death, dying, funerals and bereavement. https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/what-death-means-now.
- Death in the Modern World (Sage, 2020). This global book focusses on national, cultural and environmental variations in how death is managed in the modern world. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/death-in-the-modern-world/book255329.
I have also helped Civil Ceremonies Ltd http://www.civilceremonies.co.uk/ and the Church of England to provide funeral training for celebrants and clergy.
My current interest is the climate/ecological emergency and the death of species, including our own, to which it points and that it seeks to avert.
10/09/12 → 9/09/15
Project: Research council
Walter, T. & Bailey, T., 14 Aug 2020, In: Omega: Journal of Death & Dying. 82, 2, p. 175-195 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access1 Citation (Scopus)60 Downloads (Pure)
End of life care: A scoping review of experiences of Advance Care Planning for people with dementia.Jones, K., Birchley, G., Huxtable, R., Clare, L., Walter, J. & Dixon, J., 1 Apr 2019, In: Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice. 18, 3, p. 825-845 21 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile16 Citations (Scopus)217 Downloads (Pure)
Troyer, J., Valentine, C., Walter, T. & Woodthorpe, K., 2019, The Times Higher Education.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Article
Walter, J., 2019, In: Mortality. 24, 4, p. 389-404 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access