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No. 9 2012THEME: In the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Theme

Dealing With Death

How death is perceived says a lot about the society in which we live. Today's funeral rituals testify to both voyeuristic tendencies and anxiety about decay and oblivion.

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First, With the Last

When Claude Monet painted his first wife, Camille, on her deathbed, he broke with the convention of how death should be represented, as an object of contemplation and belief in the hereafter. Instead, he relied on his painting as a way to deal with his grief from a non-denominational standpoint.

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The New Death

In recent decades, a new view of death has made an impact, not least within the field of healthcare. The change reflects a societal shift towards technocracy and economism.

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Editor's Column

Darkness Over the Media Landscape

GK Chesterton, in the chapter "The Ethics of Elfland" in the book Orthodoxy (1908), talks about "the democracy of the dead". This is in contrast to "the arrogant oligarchy", which he says is practised by people who just happen to be here and now.

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NR 9 2012

Axess Magasin

Är en tidskrift inom området humaniora/samhällsvetenskap och utges av Axess Publishing AB. Tidskriftens målsättning är att fungera som en knutpunkt mellan den akademiska och den publicistiska sfären.

 

Chefredaktör: PJ Anders Linder
Redaktörer: David Andersson, Mats Wiklund, Jan Söderqvist.
Redaktionssekreterare: Catta Neuding (vik), Katarina O’Nils Franke (tjl)
Redaktionsråd: Niklas Ekdal, Peter Elmlund, Thomas Gür, Peter Luthersson, Nathan Shachar, Louise Belfrage
Ansvarig utgivare: Peter Elmlund

 

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