Describing Death: Linguistic Metaphor, Prognostic Truth-Telling, the Dying, and the Deceased [Week 5, The Terminal Stage: Social Deaths]

The concept of a “social death” is intriguing in that it can be understood in at least two distinct ways. On the one hand, it manifests as the literal death of a society. In other words, this sort of death implies mortality on a grand scale– be it through systematic killing, or evolutionary adaptation and/or [...]