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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
I am currently writing a book for Sage on death in the modern world, focusing on national and cultural differences, and another for Routledge on relationships between the living and the dead in the twenty first century.
I also help Civil Ceremonies Ltd http://www.civilceremonies.co.uk/ and the Church of England to provide funeral training.
10/09/12 → 9/09/15
Project: Research council
Research Output per year
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article