Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Döden i skuggan av livet: Ansvarighet i folkliga självmordstolkningar i Sverige 1850–1900
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Death shadowed by life : Accountability in popular interpretations of suicide in Sweden 1850–1900 (English)
Abstract [en]

This study, Death shadowed by life: Accountability in popular interpretations of suicide in Sweden 1850–1900, draws inspiration from the perspective of new cultural history, exploring ideas of accountability and the relationship between life and death in interpretations of suicide in late 19th century rural Sweden. The sources used in this study consist of records of popular belief and practice that were collected in the early 20th century.

In historical writings suicide is often treated as an isolated act which was by default morally condemned. In this work the perspective is broadened, analysing the self-killing act in relation to understandings of the self-murderer’s earlier life as well as to related types of death. I argue that the definition of suicide, in the context here examined, had less to do with the intention and agency of the person who killed themself than with the context of the person’s earlier life. The main aspect when classifying deaths, both accidental and intentional, as suicides was the presence of sinful acts in the past. Furthermore, suicide was part of an even wider category of deaths caused by sinful acts in life. However, as opposed to these other kinds of death, suicide was understood as the ultimate proof of sinful behaviour. Finally, I suggest that sin in this context had a pragmatic facet that intertwined with, but did not depend on, moral judgment. This study thus sheds new light on the stigmatization of suicide.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 35
Keywords [en]
suicide, accountability, popular belief, 19th century Sweden, burial rites, sin, devil
Keywords [sv]
självmord, ansvarighet, ny kulturhistoria, folktro, 1800-talet, begravning i stillhet, synd, djävulen
National Category
History of Ideas
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-351530OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-351530DiVA, id: diva2:1210410
Subject / course
History of Science and Ideas
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Historical Sciences
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2018-06-18 Created: 2018-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-18Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(812 kB)2 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 812 kBChecksum SHA-512
e528e0c528fd0d26fa47d1115615efa360544cc1a14596b5e003b2b2260781778560722c4c42e0528bc7c1f96ad94be76bb5dbc854783521d552a145035527a5
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of History of Science and Ideas
History of Ideas

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 2 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 6 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf