Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices
This book originated with an invitation from Professor Jay Brown, then Chair of the School of Divinity at New College at the University of Edinburgh, to Peter Jupp to become an Honorary Fellow with a brief to organise a conference on death in Scotland. The conference, entitled ‘Death in Scotland, 1855–1955: Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices’, was held at New College, 1–3 February 2013. The conference was deliberately cross-disciplinary, a policy continued in the two subsequent conferences held in 2014 and 2016. This selection of the original conference papers, subsequently revised and peer-reviewed, is a valuable contribution to the growing body of published work within Scottish death studies.
The editors wish to acknowledge the work of the 2013 conference committee: Marion Bowman, Susan Buckham, Peter Jupp, Jean Reynolds and Ronnie Scott. Professor Jay Brown, Dr Elizabeth Cumming and Rosemary Woodroffe WS were particularly helpful in recommending a number of individual speakers and subsequent authors. Committee members and the editors are grateful to the Principal of New College, Professor David Fergusson, and to the School of Divinity, the Cremation Society of Great Britain and Edinburgh Crematorium Ltd for their generous financial support of the conference and this publication. We wish to pay tribute to the anonymous peer reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments. The editors further thank Katherine Walker Brodie and Katherine Riley for specialist help, as well as Dr Lakhbir Jassal, who recommended the project to the book’s publisher, Peter Lang (Oxford). The Peter...
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