The Resource Distinction in death : an analysis of individuality, sociality, and brand consumption in contemporary American funeral practices, Nathan R. Driskill, (electronic resource)

Distinction in death : an analysis of individuality, sociality, and brand consumption in contemporary American funeral practices, Nathan R. Driskill, (electronic resource)

Label
Distinction in death : an analysis of individuality, sociality, and brand consumption in contemporary American funeral practices
Title
Distinction in death
Title remainder
an analysis of individuality, sociality, and brand consumption in contemporary American funeral practices
Statement of responsibility
Nathan R. Driskill
Creator
Contributor
Thesis advisor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
To date, a growing number of contemporary Americans have come to trust that recognizable commodity brands and personal consumer preferences now provide the best means of personalizing funerals and communicating individualized distinction on behalf of the dead. For some, this form of personalization has come to include everything from Mickey Mouse gravestones to Major League Baseball themed caskets and memorial services. In this study, I examine how and why the funeral has become, for some Americans, a site for commodity branding and such seemingly consumer-centric expressions of distinction in times death. Through observations and interviews with a small number of deathcare professionals and patrons, I document in this thesis the personal experiences and anecdotes of those directly involved with these specific mortuary trends. This testimony is then analyzed with regards to a history of mortuary ritual, research on brand consumption, and most importantly Pierre Bourdieu's framework for social distinction. As such, this thesis is aimed at understanding how and why commodities, brands, and consumer preferences have become a meaningful element in communication of social distinction in some contemporary American funeral rituals. Yet as my findings suggest, perhaps these consumer-centric, seemingly novel expressions of individuality are indeed not as personal as one might initially assume
Cataloging source
UMK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Driskill, Nathan R
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation year
2012.
Granting institution
Dept. of Sociology. University of Missouri-Kansas City
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Garcelon, Marc
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Label
Distinction in death : an analysis of individuality, sociality, and brand consumption in contemporary American funeral practices, Nathan R. Driskill, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
  • "A thesis in sociology."
  • Advisor: Marc Garcelon
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 76-79)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- History and theory -- Data and methodology -- Findings and analysis -- Conclusions
Control code
832411592
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (89 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
color illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)832411592
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Distinction in death : an analysis of individuality, sociality, and brand consumption in contemporary American funeral practices, Nathan R. Driskill, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • "A thesis in sociology."
  • Advisor: Marc Garcelon
  • Vita
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 76-79)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- History and theory -- Data and methodology -- Findings and analysis -- Conclusions
Control code
832411592
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (89 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Level of compression
mixed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
color illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)832411592
System details
  • The full text of the thesis is available as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file; Adobe Acrobat Reader required to view the file
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web

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