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"Yours Virtually Forever": death memorials and remembrance sites in the WWW

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Corporate Editor Universität Zürich, Philosophische Fakultät, Soziologisches Institut
Abstract Contents 1. Death memorials as significant objects of societal and macrocultural studies; 2. The basic significance of the Internet for increasing the permeability between private and public spheres; 3. The phenomenology of Web Remembrance Sites; 4. The socio-cultural antecedents, functions and consequences ofWeb Memorial Sites: some macro- and microsociologal considerations; 4.1 Completing the dissociation of mourning from the physical body and grave; 4.2 Encouraging more complex and reflective responses by loosening the pressures of time; 4.4 Extensive mobilization of psychological support; 4.5 "Mourning" as an increasingly partialized and temporalized social role; 4.6 Typifying biographies and democratizing canonization; 5. Conclusions.
Keywords Internet; virtual reality; death; memorial; reminiscence; grief; privacy; the public
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Other Fields of Sociology
Method descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 1998
City Zürich
Page/Pages 29 p.
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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