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Cross-cultural analysis of Death perception
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Tvärkulturell analys av Dödsuppfattningar (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study aims to gain a deeper understanding of the culturally-specific meanings of death, manifested in personal stories presented in social media. Content analysis is used to analyse 140 posts, in three languages and from authors from 12 national affiliations. Death descriptions often includes a profound sadness, sense of loss and gratitude for the time shared with the deceased, who is considered to be a hero. Traditional mourning rituals blend with new trends, such as celebrations of life and live-streams from the funeral. In the present study the national affiliation of the blogger seems to have only a small effect on the rituals, values and symbols. Individual needs of grieving the dead person must be taken into account when providing social and psychological support.

Abstract [sv]

Denna studie syftar till att få en djupare förståelse för de kulturellt specifika betydelserna av död, manifesterade i personliga berättelser i sociala medier. Innehållsanalys används för att analysera 140 inlägg på tre språk, författade av personer av 12 olika nationaliteter. Beskrivningarna innehåller ofta djup sorg, en känsla av förlust men också tacksamhet för den tid som delats med den avlidne, som anses vara en hjälte. Traditionella sorgeritualer blandas med nya trender, såsom firandet av liv och filmade sekvenser från begravningen. I föreliggande studie verkar bloggarens nationella tillhörighet endast ha en liten effekt på ritualer, värderingar och symboler. De individuella behoven hos den sörjande personen måste därför beaktas när socialt och psykologiskt stöd ska tillhandahållas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
death, culture, blogs, quantitative, qualitative, social psychology, uncertainty avoidance
Keyword [sv]
död, kultur, bloggar, innehållsanalys, socialpsykologi, osäkerhetsundvikande
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Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12451OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-12451DiVA: diva2:937296
Subject / course
Social Psychology
Educational program
Social Psychology - Study Programme
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Available from: 2016-06-17 Created: 2016-06-15 Last updated: 2016-06-17Bibliographically approved

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