This essay explains the advent of modern cremation by how it came to stand in a variety of isomorphic relationships with other cultural practices or political positions. The meanings of this form of disposing of the dead—of rendering corpses quickly into their component parts through combustion in technologically advanced furnaces—are a consequence of the ways this relationship was articulated.
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Thomas Laqueur; Form in Ashes. Representations 1 November 2008; 104 (1): 50–72. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2008.104.1.50
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