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Scythe and the CityA Social History of Death in Shanghai$
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Christian Henriot

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804797467

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804797467.001.0001

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Funeral Companies and the Commoditization of the Dead Body

Funeral Companies and the Commoditization of the Dead Body

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(p.95) 3 Funeral Companies and the Commoditization of the Dead Body
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Scythe and the City
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Christian Henriot

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804797467.003.0003

This chapter takes up the new trend commercial funeral companies set in motion from the mid-1920s, when an American company established the first funeral parlor, to the extraordinary boom during the Sino-Japanese War and its problematic legacy, a full-blown “ghost city” in the midst of Shanghai, in the postwar and early Communist period.

Keywords:   funeral parlor, repository, funeral, body, municipal regulation, company

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