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Death as the guest of honor: the social constructions of funeral rites in southern Sweden, 1880-1949
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Devising order: socio-religious models, rituals, and the performativity of practice, Brill Academic Publishers, 2012, 43-60 p.Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter first furnishes the reader with a short survey of Swedish society in the period under investigation, roughly the 1880s up to 1949. It discusses the theoretical and methodological considerations that underpin the interpretation of the empirical materials drawn from a collection of stories and interviews about death-related rites. The theoretical concepts are linked together in order to analyze the interfaces of class formation, gendering, and secularisation. The class and gender analysis of the funeral dinner is used to exemplify that the analysis of identity constructions constitutes a necessary passage point to understanding death rites in the past. Next, the chapter analyses seemingly trivial issues such as the menu, religious practices, and mundane activities such as playing cards and alcohol consumption, as they appear in the stories of the participants themselves in order to expose their ritualised nature.

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Brill Academic Publishers, 2012. 43-60 p.
Series
Brills Series in Church History, ISSN 1572-4107 ; 60
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Study of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-27597DOI: 10.1163/9789004240032_004ISI: 000320607400003ISBN: 9789004240032 (print)ISBN: 9789004236745 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-27597DiVA: diva2:637419
Conference
European Social Science History Conference, Lisbon, February 26-March 1, 2008
Available from: 2013-07-18 Created: 2013-07-18 Last updated: 2015-05-25Bibliographically approved

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