Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Professor Tony Walter

The world's only Professor of Death Studies

Tony Walter

Professor

3 East 4.3
Email: j.a.walter@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3595

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Profile

I was a freelance writer for many years, before becoming Lecturer, then Reader, in Sociology at the University of Reading 1994-2007.

In the mid-1980s, I wrote three books on unemployment and social security, but over the past twenty years I have focused on researching, writing and lecturing on death in modern society, e.g. funerals, afterlife beliefs, personal bereavement and public mourning, human remains in museums, new discourses of spirituality, death in the news media and in online social media.

I have helped promote the interdisciplinary study of death and society, and collaborated with colleagues in, for example, religious studies, history, archaeology, linguistics, psychology, social work, geography, computer science, medicine, and gerontology.

I also work with the churches and Civil Ceremonies Ltd to train funeral celebrants.

I joined the University of Bath in 2006. From 2011-15, I was Director of the Centre for Death & Society, and on my retirement from university employment in September 2015 became Honorary Professor. As well as giving presentations around the world and continuing to work with CDAS (e.g. media, organising seminars), I am now writing three books that bring together my past 25 years' work: 1) An introduction to death and society that takes national differences seriously. 2) A book on the roles of the dead in contemporary society. 3) A short introduction to key challenges in death and dying today.

Research interests

  • Bereavement
  • Social relationships between the living and the dead
  • Informal social networks (online and offline) at the end of life

Projects

Publications

Articles

Valentine, C. A., Bauld, L. and Walter, J. A., 2016. Forthcoming. Bereavement following substance misuse:a disenfranchised grief. Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying

Walter, T., 2016. Forthcoming. The angelic dead:bereavement and vernacular religion in the 21st century. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 73 (1).

Bailey, T. and Walter, T., 2015. Funerals against death. Mortality

Valentine, C. and Walter, J., 2015. Creative responses to a drug- or alcohol-related death:a socio-cultural analysis. Illness, Crisis, & Loss, 23 (4), pp. 310-322.

Walter, T., Allison, F., Templeton, L., Valentine, C. and Velleman, R., 2015. Compassion or stigma?:How adults bereaved by alcohol or drugs experience services. Health and Social Care in the Community

Borgstrom, E. and Walter, T., 2015. Choice and compassion at the end of life:A critical analysis of recent English policy discourse. Social Science and Medicine, 136-137, pp. 99-105.

Walter, T., 2015. Communication media and the dead:from the Stone Age to Facebook. Mortality, 20 (3), pp. 215-232.

Walter, T., 2015. New mourners, old mourners:online memorial culture as a chapter in the history of mourning. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, 21 (1-2), pp. 10-24.

Brown, L. and Walter, T., 2014. Towards a social model of end of life care. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (8), pp. 2375-2390.

Rumble, H., Troyer, J., Walter, T. and Woodthorpe, K., 2014. Disposal or dispersal?:Environmentalism and final treatment of the British dead. Mortality, 19 (3), pp. 243-260.

Walter, J. A., 2014. On death and media. Thanatos, 2 (2).

Walter, T., 2014. Organizations and death:A view from death studies. Culture and Organization, 20 (1), pp. 68-76.

Walter, T., 2012. Why different countries manage death differently: A comparative analysis of modern urban societies. British Journal of Sociology, 63 (1), pp. 123-145.

Robson, P. and Walter, T., 2012. Hierarchies of loss: a critique of disenfranchised grief. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 66 (2), pp. 97-119.

Walter, T., 2012. How people who are dying or mourning engage with the arts. Music and Arts in Action, 4 (1), pp. 73-98.

Walter, T., 2011. Angels not souls:Popular religion in the online mourning for British celebrity Jade Goody. Religion, 41 (1), pp. 29-51.

Abel, J., Bowra, J., Walter, T. and Howarth, G., 2011. Compassionate community networks:Supporting home dying. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 1 (2), pp. 129-133.

Walter, T., Hourizi, R., Moncur, W. and Pitsillides, S., 2011. Does the internet change how we die and mourn? Overview and analysis. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 64 (4), pp. 275-302.

Walter, T., 2010. Jade and the journalists:media coverage of a young British celebrity dying of cancer. Social Science and Medicine, 71 (5), pp. 853-860.

Walter, T., 2010. Grief and culture: a checklist. Bereavement Care, 29 (2), pp. 5-9.

Walter, T., 2009. Jade's dying body: the ultimate reality show. Sociological Research Online, 14 (5).

Gittings, C. and Walter, T., 2009. Garden burial:Resting in peace? Funeral Director Monthly, 92 (10), pp. 26-27.

Leicht, K. T., Walter, T., Sainsaulieu, I. and Davies, S., 2009. New Public Management and New Professionalism across Nations and Contexts. Current Sociology, 57 (4), pp. 581-605.

Walter, T., 2009. Grief and the Separation of Home and Work. Death Studies, 33 (5), pp. 402-410.

Walter, T., 2009. Eating and drinking:After the funeral, or before? Funeral Director Monthly, 92 (9), pp. 58-59.

Walter, T., 2009. Just get me to the crem in time! Travels in space and cyberspace. ICCM Journal, 77 (4), pp. 29-30.

Walter, T., 2008. Death in Britain Today. Self and Society, 36 (2), pp. 9-16.

Walter, T., 2008. Mourners and mediums. Bereavement Care, 27 (3), pp. 47-50.

Walter, T., 2008. Sociology of death. Sociology Compass, 2 (1), pp. 317-336.

Walter, T., 2008. To see for myself: informed consent and the culture of openness. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34 (9), pp. 675-678.

Walter, T., 2007. Modern grief, postmodern grief. International Review of Sociology, 17 (1), pp. 123-134.

Walter, T., 2007. Mourners and mediums. Theology, 110 (854), pp. 92-100.

Hass, J. and Walter, T., 2007. Parental grief in three societies: networks and religion as social supports in mourning. Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 54 (3), pp. 179-198.

Walter, T., 2006. Telling the dead man's tale: bridging the gap between the living and the dead. Bereavement Care, 25 (2), pp. 23-26.

Walter, T., 2006. What is complicated grief? A social constructionist answer. Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 52 (1), pp. 71-79.

Walter, T., 2005. Three ways to arrange a funeral: Mortuary variation in the modern West. Mortality, 10 (3), pp. 173-192.

Walter, T., 2005. Mediator deathwork. Death Studies, 29 (5), pp. 383-412.

Cook, G. and Walter, T., 2005. Rewritten rites: language and social relations in traditional and contemporary funerals. Discourse & Society, 16 (3), pp. 365-391.

Walter, T., 2004. Plastination for Display: a new way to dispose of the dead. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 10 (3), pp. 603-627.

Walter, T., 2004. Body Worlds: clinical detachment and anatomical awe. Sociology of Health and Illness, 26, pp. 464-488.

Walter, T., 2003. Historical and cultural variants on the good death. BMJ, 327 (7408), pp. 218-220.

Walter, T., 2003. Hospices and rituals after death: a survey of British hospice chaplains. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 9 (2), pp. 80-85.

Waterhouse, H. and Walter, T., 2003. Reincarnation belief and the Christian church. Theology, 106 (829), pp. 20-28.

Walter, T., 2002. Spirituality in palliative care: opportunity or burden? Palliative Medicine, 16 (2), pp. 133-139.

Walter, T., 2001. From Cathedral to Supermarket: mourning, silence and solidarity. Sociological Review, 49 (4), pp. 494-511.

Walter, T. and Waterhouse, H., 2001. Lives-long learning: the effects of reincarnation belief on everyday life in England1. Nova Religio, 5 (1), pp. 85-101.

Walter, T., 2001. Reincarnation, modernity and identity. Sociology-the Journal of the British Sociological Association, 35 (1), pp. 21-38.

Waterhouse, H. and Walter, T., 2001. Une simple coquille la mort et la réincarnation (Just an overcoat: the body and reincarnation). Recherches Sociologiques, 32 (2), pp. 35-47.

Walter, T., 2000. Grief narratives: The role of medicine in the policing of grief. Anthropology & Medicine, 7 (1), pp. 97-114.

Walter, T., 2000. Bereavement, biography and commemoration. Social History in Museums: Journal of the Social History Curators Group, 25, pp. 9-16.

Reports/Papers

Walter, T. and Davies, D., 2008. Christian funerals in a changing society:a call to research and reflection. Other. The Churches Funeral Group, London.

Conference or Workshop Items

Sayer, D. and Walter, J., 2016. Forthcoming. Digging the dead in a digital media age. Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press.

Walter, T., 2015. Secularisation. Abingdon, U. K.: Routledge, pp. 133-148.

Walter, T., 2015. Imag(in)ing the Dead as Angels. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Walter, J. A., 2014. Keynote address:death by drug/alcohol abuse: supporting bereaved families. In: Barts Health NHS Trust Bereavement Conference, 2014-06-16 - 2014-06-16, London.

Walter, T., 2014. Sociological Perspectives. Springer.

Walter, J. A., 2013. Bereavement following drug/alcohol addiction. In: Cruse Bereavement Care Conference, 2013-07-08 - 2013-07-08.

Walter, J., 2013. Eighteen ways to view a dead body. Zurich: Lit Verlag, pp. 71-84.

Gittings, C. and Walter, T., 2010. Rest in peace? Burial on private land. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Walter, T. and Gittings, C., 2010. What will the neighbours say? Reactions to field and garden burial. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 165-177.

Walter, T., 2009. Burial - The Wider View. In: Bathwick Local History Society, 2009-11-09, Bath.

Walter, T., 2009. Artists and their Emotions, Social Scientists and their Data, and the Spaces in Between. In: 9th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, 2009-09-09 - 2009-09-12, University of Durham.

Walter, T., 2009. Why Different Countries Do Death Differently: A comparison of modern urban societies. In: Death & Dying in Europe between the Eighteenth and Twenty-First Century, 2009-09-25 - 2009-09-27, Alba Iulia.

Walter, T., 2009. Between the Living and the Dead. In: Invited Seminar Paper, 2008-01-24, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent.

Walter, T., 2009. Figuring and Refiguring Death Rites: National variations. In: Refiguring Death Rites Research Group, 2009-06-15, Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Walter, T., 2009. Jade's Dying. In: Envisaging Death: Visual Culture and Dying, Interdisciplinary Conference, 2009-06-26, University of Birmingham.

Walter, T., 2009. Panelist: 'What Are We Afraid Of?'. In: Café of Ideas, 2009-06-18, Bath.

Walter, T., 2009. Mediator deathwork. Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press, pp. 143-158.

Walter, T., 2009. Communicating with the dead. London: Sage, pp. 216-219.

Walter, T., 2009. Dark tourism: mediating between the dead and the living. Bristol, U. K.: Channel View Publications, pp. 39-55. (Aspects of Tourism)

Walter, T., 2009. La Visibilité des Morts dans la Société Moderne. Cluj-Napoca: Accent, pp. 11-18.

Walter, T., 2009. Mediator deathwork 1. Oxford University Press.

Walter, T., 2008. Celebratory Funerals. In: Talk to the Bournemouth humanists, 2008-11-08, Bournemouth.

Walter, T., 2008. The new public mourning. Washinton DC: American Psychological Association.

Walter, T., 2008. Committal Matters. In: Institute of Civil Funerals Annual Conference, 2008-04-24 - 2008-04-25, Staffordshire.

Walter, T., 2008. Funerals - the missing link in palliative care. In: Day Workshop, 2008-03-03, St Christopher's Hospice, London.

Walter, T., 2008. The Ethics of BodyWorlds. In: Invited speech, 2008-03-18, Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester.

Walter, T., 2008. Landscapes of Death in the Modern West. In: Institute of Archaeology & Antiquity, 2008-01-16, University of Birmingham.

Walter, T., 2006. Disaster, modernity, and the media. Armonk, N.Y.: M. E. Sharpe, pp. 265-282.

Walter, T., 2006. Funerals: the emerging culture of choice. Solihull: Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, pp. 4-10. (Leveson Papers)

Walter, T., 2002. Entries on: Burial, Cremation, Funeral. London: SPCK.

Klass, D. and Walter, T., 2001. Processes of grieving: how bonds are continued. Washington DC: American Psychological Association, pp. 431-448.

Walter, T., 2001. Entries on Sociology, Pilgrimage. London: Routledge.

Walter, T., 2001. Funeral practices: cultural variation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Walter, T., 2001. I funerali alla svolta del millennio. Torino: Paravia Scriptorium, pp. 37-42.

Walter, T., 2001. Mourning. London: Fitzroy Dearborn.

Davie, G. and Walter, T., 2001. Women's Religiosity. Elsevier, pp. 16532-16534.

Non-academic press

Walter, J., 2015. How the digital age has changed our approach to death and grief. [Non-academic press]

Other

Walter, J., 2015. Is the UK really the best place in the world to die? The Conversation.

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