Cremation in Modern Scotland

Cremation in Modern Scotland

ISBN: 9781906566791
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Publication Date: 2017-07-01
Number of pages: 356
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Changes in funeral practice provide a lens through which to inspect changes in wider social identity, values and religious beliefs. This book reveals how, in Scotland, as in other societies, death ways and funeral arrangements are closely related to other aspects of life, from religious beliefs to political convictions, from family relationships to class structure, from poverty to prosperity. The book adopts an interdisciplinary approach, analysing particularly the part played by Scottish law and architecture. Until recently, Scotland’s 28 crematoria have been the ‘invisible buildings’ of the twentieth century, absent from architectural histories. The book analyzes the challenge this new building type provided for architects: a building with no architectural precedent, at once secular and religious, functional and symbolic.

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