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.

part I|156 pages

Theoretical, historical and quantitative studies of the obituary

chapter |22 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Collective memory

chapter 5|24 pages

The social value of death

The microworld of the editors

chapter 6|29 pages

The lives we choose to remember

A quantative analysis

part II|94 pages

Memories burnished at the shock of death: Discourse analysis of newspaper obituaries