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Mortmain: Manor Culture and Material Immortality
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural Matters Group)
2019 (English)In: Death Matters: Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life / [ed] Holmber, Tora; Jonsson, Annika; Palm, Fredrik, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, p. 45-64Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter investigates what it means to own and live in a manor when itsuse can be dictated to following generations many years after the death of the testator. The key trope for understanding this intergenerational dependenceis that of “mortmain,” a juridical and cultural arrangement with an ancient European history. Former generations act far beyond the juridical inheritance arrangements, and through the manor and its emplaced family tradition and expectations, they influence present as well as future inhabitants. Developing the frame on symbolic as well as material aspects of kinship, place and class reproduction, this chapter suggests “material immortality” as a framefor understanding the effects of mortmain in rural upper-class culture—the prospect to live on beyond ones’ own death.

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London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 45-64
Keywords [en]
Upper class - Place attachment - Material actor - Dwelling - Value - Dead - Moral - Fideicommissum
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379715OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-379715DiVA, id: diva2:1297524
Available from: 2019-03-20 Created: 2019-03-20 Last updated: 2019-03-20

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