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Death Matters: Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural Matters Group)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural Matters Group)
2019 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book investigates death as part of contemporary everyday experience and practices. Through a cultural sociological lens, it studies death as it remains constantly at the edge of our consciousness, shaping the ways in which we move through social reality. As such, Death Matters is a significant contribution to death studies, going beyond traditional parameters of the field by addressing the cultural omnipresence of death.The contributions analyses several death-related meaning-making processes, arguing that meanings emerging from culturally shared narratives, social institutions, and material conditions, are just as important as ’death practices’ in understanding the role of death in society. Drawing on the related themes of places of absence and presence, disease and bodies, and persons and non-persons, the authors explore a variety of areas of social life, from haunting to celebrity deaths, to move the notion of death from the margins of social reality to on going everyday life.

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
Keywords [en]
death; culture; materiality; mortality; life
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-379713DiVA, id: diva2:1297509
Available from: 2019-03-20 Created: 2019-03-20 Last updated: 2019-03-20

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