Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion

Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials

  • Christos Lynteris
  • Nicholas H A Evans

Part of the Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History book series (MBSMH)

About this book


This edited volume draws historians and anthropologists together to explore the contested worlds of epidemic corpses and their disposal. Why are burials so frequently at the center of disagreement, recrimination and protest during epidemics? Why are the human corpses produced in the course of infectious disease outbreaks seen as dangerous, not just to the living, but also to the continued existence of society and civilization? Examining cases from the Black Death to Ebola, contributors challenge the predominant idea that a single, universal framework of contagion can explain the political, social and cultural importance and impact of the epidemic corpse. 


death burial mortuary practices Ebola disease body funeral tradition anthropology Contagion Post-Mortem

Editors and affiliations

  • Christos Lynteris
    • 1
  • Nicholas H A Evans
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social AnthropologyUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyLondon School of EconomicsLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62928-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62929-2
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