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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

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

Christian Henriot

Stanford University Press

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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