Mortuary Dialogues

Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities

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David Lipset, Eric K. Silverman
ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology
  • New York, NY: 
    Berghahn Books, Inc.
    , June
     262 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jione Havea forthcoming.


Mortuary Dialogues presents fresh perspectives on death and mourning across the Pacific Islands. Through a set of rich ethnographies, the book examines how funerals and death rituals give rise to discourse and debate about sustaining moral personhood and community amid modernity and its enormous transformations. The book’s key concept, “mortuary dialogue,” describes the different genres of talk and expressive culture through which people struggle to restore individual and collective order in the aftermath of death in the contemporary Pacific.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

David Lipset is professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota.

Eric K. Silverman is professor of anthropology in the American Studies and Psychology/Human Development Departments at Wheelock College.

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