The lives we choose to remember: a quantitative analysis of newspaper obituaries

Fowler, B. and Bielsa, E. (2007) The lives we choose to remember: a quantitative analysis of newspaper obituaries. Sociological Review, 55(2), pp. 203-226.

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Constant structures are shown in different Western countries over time in terms of the selection of individuals for this honour. In particular, there are still a high proportion of the subjects in British newspapers who have attended private schools and Oxford and Cambridge. The impact of elite higher educational establishments is also evident, on a reduced scale, in Le Monde and The New York Times. Yet certain signs of movement within the obituary world can also be detected: women start to appear in their own right, the Third World begins to be represented and a wider array of occupations have become the source of obituary portraits.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Newspapers, Obituaries, Social Status
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fowler, Professor Bridget
Authors: Fowler, B., and Bielsa, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Sociological Review

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