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Death, modernity, and the body : Sweden 1870-1940

Author: Eva Åhrén
Publisher: Rochester, N.Y. : University of Rochester Press, 2009.
Series: Rochester studies in medical history, 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Originally published in Swedish in 2002, Death, Modernity, and the Body explores the impact of modernization on customs and practices surrounding the dead body in Sweden in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This period of intense social and cultural change transformed Sweden from an agricultural society to a modern industrial state. The book focuses on five arenas: medical research and education,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eva Åhrén
ISBN: 9781580463126 1580463126
OCLC Number: 310401852
Description: xiv, 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The modernization of death --
On the usefulness of the dead --
Death on display --
Preparing the dead body --
Picturing the dead --
Purifying flames --
Abjection and modern rituals.
Series Title: Rochester studies in medical history, 15.
Other Titles: Doden, kroppen och moderniteten.
Responsibility: Eva Åhrén ; translated by Daniel W. Olson.

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A provocative study that explores medical, social, cultural, and aesthetic customs and practices of treating the dead body in Sweden in an era of modernization.  Read more...

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Adds attention-grabbing and pertinent materials, gathered from Swedish archives, to the growing body of critical works on death in the Western world. AMERICAN HISTORY REVIEW Provides an invaluable Read more...

 
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