Front cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication, Quotes

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Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

I sent the initial project proposal for this book to the publisher the same day my brother collapsed and was taken to the hospital. He died less than forty-eight hours later, and I went to the funeral home to help make arrangements for his cremation on my way to the Columbia University Seminar on Death, where I presented the first draft of my chapter on Internet memorialization. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

The face of grieving in American culture has changed dramatically in the last two hundred years. Traditionally, there were established grieving rituals that one followed after a death—mourning was a liminal state in which one withdrew from society and could grieve the dead, and then return to social norms and expectations. ...

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1. The Bodiless Memorial: The Dis-location of the Body

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pp. 17-48

Recent years have seen an upsurge in spontaneous and grassroots memorialization1 and the rise of popular memorials for the dead: the Columbine shooting memorial, the memorial of Diana outside Kensington Palace, the Oklahoma bombing memorial, the Aurora, Colorado, shootout memorial, the World Trade Center memorial,2 ...

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2. Wearing the Dead

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pp. 49-80

The development of tattooing is one way to carry the dead around with us, while also making the status of the bereaved clearly evident to those around them. Tattooing is a visual marker that concretely indicates one’s status as bereaved to the community, by memorializing the dead through the inscribing of names, images, or even replicas of body parts ...

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3. Moving the Dead

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pp. 81-104

This chapter examines the role of place in remembering the dead. Shifting from memorials that one inscribes bodily, we study various other forms of moving shrines, specifically, car memorials and T-shirt remembrances. These nonpermanent memorials function as ways in which people can “carry the dead” with them, without fixing them in place permanently, as tattoos do. ...

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4. Speaking to the Dead: Social Network Sites and Public Grieving

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pp. 105-132

Virtual bereavement allows for marginal discourse to circumvent traditional modes of bereavement by reclaiming mourning and the ways we talk and think about the dead. The virtual realm returns us to our mourning through memorialization: through image and memory, without the messiness of the corpse. ...

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5. Grieving the Dead in Alternative Spaces

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pp. 133-146

From the dead body to the virtual body and from material memorials to virtual memorials, one thing is clear: the bodiless nature of memorialization of the dead across cultures. There is a move to replacing the body with something else in order to remember the dead. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 147-148

There are many people who helped see this project to its completion, and so I thank, in no particular order, everyone who supported and encouraged me in my research, ideas, and writing. First, I thank Ashley Runyon and all the editorial staff at the University Press of Kentucky for taking on this project. ...

Appendix A: Interview Questions for Tattoo Artists

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pp. 149-150

Appendix B: Interview Questions for Car-Decal Memorial Manufacturers

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pp. 151-152

Notes

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pp. 153-176

Bibliography

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pp. 177-190

Index

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pp. 191-198

Series Information

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