Monday, March 1, 2010

Cemeteries, Land Use, and a Survey Invitation

My current scholarly obsession is cemeteries.  I am fascinated by the enormous cultural change in the American approach to "final disposition" (burial, cremation, etc.) over the past 100+ years and the interplay with the law.  In many important respects, the law has remained remarkably static and has failed to register important changes in American culture.  I also suspect that Americans are in the midst of another important cultural shift that is being actively discouraged by a range of outdated laws.  

I realize that I'm being vague, but I would like to invite you to take part in a short (5-10 minute) survey related to this project and I don't want to prejudice the results.  The survey asks about your own funeral and final disposition plans as well as your understanding of the law on several key issues.

The survey can be found here:

I would like a large and diverse range of respondents, so please feel free to forward this invitation.

I promise to explain where all of this is going and what it has to do with property law soon!

Tanya Marsh

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