ISSN (printed): 1357-6275. ISSN (electronic): 1469-9885.
The stimulus for Mortality grew out of an awareness of the wide range and depth of new research being undertaken around human mortality. Whilst some disciplines have been long concerned with questions of life and death, this growth of interest can be observed in many areas: in an expanding academic literature on dying, death and bereavement; in popular media commentaries; in the variety of reform groups created to improve the social rituals surrounding mortality; in the hospice movement and the increasing concern with palliative care; and in the growth of counselling and organisations dedicated to addressing the needs of bereaved people. From the outset the intention of the Editors has been to provide an interdisciplinary journal that has relevance both for academics and and other professionals engaged in this field of work. Death studies is not a branch of any discipline but is an interdisciplinary medium; it is ubiquitous and universal. Mortality is pertinent to academics in the fields of anthropology, art, classics, history, literature, medicine, music, socio-legal studies, social policy, sociology, philosophy, psychology and religious studies. It is also particularly relevant to those professionally or voluntarily engaged in the health and caring professions, in bereavement counselling, the funeral industries, and in central and local government. Since it's launch in March 1996, Mortality has been welcomed by this wide range of international scholars and professional groups. It's interdisciplinary approach has been particularly appreciated and contributions have come from both new and established scholars in this field. In a recent review for the journal Folklore, Valerie Clark singled out for praise "the flexibility in terms of content" and remarked on the "innovative" sections of the journal: "Classics Revisited" and "exhibition reviews". Mortality specifically aims to: Publish new material, the quality of which is guaranteed by peer-review Encourage debate and offer critiques of existing and classical work Promote the development of theory and methodology Develop substantive issues and empirical research Illuminate specific subject areas and issues by providing an interdisciplinary context. Stimulate the growing awareness of the relevance of human mortality in personal and social life, in economic and institutional activity, and in systems of belief, ethics and values. The journal Editors pursue an active, international policy that invites articles addressing all historical periods and all subject areas.
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