THE PROBLEM OF DEATH IN SOCIO-HUMANITARIAN STUDIES DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY Cover Image

ПРОБЛЕМАТИКА СМЕРТИ В СОЦИАЛЬНО-ГУМАНИТАРНЫХ ИССЛЕДОВАНИЯХ ВТОРОЙ ПОЛОВИНЫ ХХ ВЕКА
THE PROBLEM OF DEATH IN SOCIO-HUMANITARIAN STUDIES DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Author(s): Svetlana Malysheva
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Recent History (1900 till today), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010)
Published by: Казанский (Приволжский) федеральный университет
Keywords: history; historiography; death studies; historical thanatology; death psychology; sociology of death and dying;

Summary/Abstract: The paper is devoted to the problem of death as a separate subject of socio-humanitarian studies in the West during the second half of the 20th century. In the recent decades, thanatological aspects have gained increasing attention in socio-cultural studies. In this regard, the aim of this paper, which seems to be relevant to the field, is to identify the specifics of investigating the problem of death in socio-humanitarian studies using historiographical analysis. The obtained results show that death studies, which were mainly the research on death and funerary rites, appeared in the first half of the 20th century due to anthropologists’ efforts. However, a new impetus was given to the research in the middle of the 1950s. The “repression of death” in modern society caused intense debate which triggered the research interest in death on the whole and, in particular, its phenomenon in modern developed countries. Consequently, a number of publications appeared and such of disciplines as death psychology, sociology of death and dying, and historical thanatology were developed. By the turn of the centuries, the intensification of death studies in various disciplines contributed to the transformation of the overall problem of death within the scope of a broad interdisciplinary cooperation. It is important to understand these processes in order to unlock the cognitive potential of sociohumanitarian thanatological studies, as well as to understand the role of their results in historical, cultural, and social research.

  • Issue Year: 159/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 1043-1053
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Russian