Publishing Death. Symbols, Religious Themes, and Individualisation in Death Notices in the Swedish Daily Newspapers (1945) 1976 - 1995

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Curt Dahlgren - Lund University, Department of Theology

Description

The present study analyses 6,699 death notices appearing in Swedish newspapers from 1976 through 1995, and 5,766 death notices in specifically urban newspapers from the same period. The death notices are analysed using the same method as in an earlier study by theologian Per Block (Lund University), making it possible to study changes in the use of text in death notices already from 1945.

The analysis shows that the number of cross symbols decreased markedly, from nearly 100 % of the death notices in 1976 to 39 % of the notices generally in 1995, and to 32 % of the notices in urban newspapers, while the number of alternative symbols increased. Interviews showed that a recurring concern was to choose a symbol that in some way portrayed the identity of the deceased. This may reflect an increased individualism and a reaction against the anonymity perceived in the cross symbol, which for many indicated only that somebody had died.

The text portion of death notices has changed in that the number of notices containing language associated with Christianity decreased from 1945 to 1995. An attempt wa

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Subject area

Social behaviour and attitudes, Religion and values (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Sociology, Religious Studies, Ethnology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Curt Dahlgren - Lund University, Department of Theology

Identifiers

SND-ID: SND 0945

Description

The present study analyses 6,699 death notices appearing in Swedish newspapers from 1976 through 1995, and 5,766 death notices in specifically urban newspapers from the same period. The death notices are analysed using the same method as in an earlier study by theologian Per Block (Lund University), making it possible to study changes in the use of text in death notices already from 1945.

The analysis shows that the number of cross symbols decreased markedly, from nearly 100 % of the death notices in 1976 to 39 % of the notices generally in 1995, and to 32 % of the notices in urban newspapers, while the number of alternative symbols increased. Interviews showed that a recurring concern was to choose a symbol that in some way portrayed the identity of the deceased. This may reflect an increased individualism and a reaction against the anonymity perceived in the cross symbol, which for many indicated only that somebody had died.

The text portion of death notices has changed in that the number of notices containing language associated with Christianity decreased from 1945 to 1995. An attempt wa

... Show more..

Language

Swedish

Time period(s) investigated

1976 — 1995

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Highest geographic unit

Country

Unit of analysis

Population

Swedish newspapers 1976-1995

Time Method

Data contains personal data

No

Funding

Funding agency: Swedish Council for Research in the Humanitie and Social Sciences

Subject area

Social behaviour and attitudes, Religion and values (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Sociology, Religious Studies, Ethnology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

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Rosengren, K. E. (Ed.) (1999). Från text till data: rapport från KUSS II-projektet om sammanställning av en databas med tidningstexter, Lund: Lund University.
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Dahlgren, Curt (2000). När döden skiljer oss åt: anonymitet och individualisering i dödsannonser 1945-1999. Lund: Teologiska institutionen, Univ.
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ISBN: 91-630-8547-X

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Dataset 1

Publishing Death. Symbols, Religious Themes, and Individualisation in Death Notices in the Swedish Daily Newspapers (1945) 1976-1995: Nation Wide

Citation

Curt Dahlgren. Lund University, Department of Theology (2014). <em>Publishing Death. Symbols, Religious Themes, and Individualisation in Death Notices in the Swedish Daily Newspapers (1945) 1976-1995: Nation Wide</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/002097">https://doi.org/10.5878/002097</a>

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Curt Dahlgren - Lund University, Department of Theology

Description

The dataset consists of a sample of 6699 death notices published in Swedish daily newspapers during the years 1976-1995. The data includes the actual text from the death notices as well as coded data describing the level of religious content, symbols used, the size and political affiliation of the newspaper, etc. The data can be retrieved in MS Excel or SPSS format.

Data format / data structure

Text

Data collection

Mode of collection: Content coding

Time period(s) for data collection: 1997 — 1999

Data collector: Lund University, Department of Theology

Time period(s) investigated

1976 — 1995

Variables

28

Number of individuals/objects

6699

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Dataset 2

Publishing Death. Symbols, Religious Themes, and Individualisation in Death Notices in the Swedish Daily Newspapers (1945) 1976-1995: Urban

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Curt Dahlgren. Lund University, Department of Theology (2014). <em>Publishing Death. Symbols, Religious Themes, and Individualisation in Death Notices in the Swedish Daily Newspapers (1945) 1976-1995: Urban</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. <a href="https://doi.org/10.5878/002096">https://doi.org/10.5878/002096</a>

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Curt Dahlgren - Lund University, Department of Theology

Description

The dataset consists of a sample of 5767 death notices published in Swedish city newspapers during the years 1976-1995. The data includes the actual text from the death notices as well as coded data describing the level of religious content, symbols used, the size and political affiliation of the newspaper, etc. The data can be retrieved in MS Excel or SPSS format.

Data format / data structure

Text

Data collection

Mode of collection: Content coding

Time period(s) for data collection: 1997 — 1999

Data collector: Lund University, Department of Theology

Time period(s) investigated

1976 — 1995

Variables

28

Number of individuals/objects

5767

Published: 2014-06-25
Last updated: 2020-02-14