Death, Trust and Society
Mapping Religion and Culture
By Lionel Rothkrug
(North Atlantic Books, Hardcover, 9781556435515, 192pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 2006
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Lionel Rothkrug made his name 25 years ago by theorizing that just as a human personality is defined by how an individual organizes his or her powers to behave, so a society acquires personality in the exercise of its organizational powers. Death, Trust and Society revisits and expands on this concept by focusing on how society's attitudes toward the dead—seen in funerary rites, mortuary practices, and pilgrimage patterns—shape the formation of social structures and contribute to the development of cultural traits. Death, Trust and Society is the debut title in North Atlantic's Death and Remembrance interdisciplinary series on cultural identity across nationalities and nations.
Lionel Rothkrug is professor emeritus of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and lives in Berkeley, California. He is known for his pioneering 1980 project on pilgrimage sites in Germany, as well as for his work on portable sanctity in Late Medieval and Early Modern France. Previous publications include Opposition to Louis XIV: The Political and Social Origins of the French Enlightenment (1965) and Religious Practices and Collective Perceptions: Hidden Homologies in the Renaissance and Reformation (1980).