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The Obituary as Collective Memory

1st Edition

By Bridget Fowler


296 pages

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The first serious academic study of obituaries, this book focuses on how societies remember. Bridget Fowler makes great use of the theories of Pierre Bordieu, arguing that obituaries are one important component in society's collective memory. This book, the first of its kind, will find a place on every serious sociology scholar's bookshelves.

Table of Contents

Part I: Theoretical, Historical and Quantitative Studies of the Obituary Introduction. 1. Collective Memory 2. The Historical Sociology of Death 3. Bourdieu’s Social Theory and the Obituary 4. The Times’ Obituaries in 1900 and 1948 5. The Social Value of Death: The Microworld of the editors 6. The Lives we Choose to Remember: A Quantitative Analysis (with Esperanza Bielsa) Part II: Memories Burnished at the Shock of Death: Discourse Analysis of Newspaper Obituaries 7. The Politicians’ Obituaries, 1999-2006 8. The Writers’ Obituaries, 1999-2006 9. The Artists’ Obituaries, 1999-2006 10. The Sports Obituaries, 1999-2006 11. The Trade-Unionists’ Obituaries, 1999-2006. Conclusion

About the Author

Bridget Fowler is a Professor at the University of Glasgow, specialising in the sociology of culture, Marxist-feminism and social theory. Her previous publications include The Alienated Reader (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991), Pierre Bourdieu and Cultural Theory (Sage, 1997), and an edited volume, Reading Bourdieu on Society and Culture (Blackwell, 2000).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

This series presents cutting-edge developments and debates within the field of sociology. It provides a broad range of case studies and the latest theoretical perspectives, while covering a variety of topics, theories and issues from around the world. It is not confined to any particular school of thought.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Customs & Traditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying