Der vorzeitige Tod als Identitäts- und Sinnstiftungsmuster in historischer Perspektive: einige einführende Überlegungen

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  • Thorsten Halling - (Author)
  • Silke Fehlemann - , Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Author)
  • Jörg Vögele - (Author)


"The preliminary reflections deal with premature death as an instrument explaining and analysing the historical change of societies. Treatises and discourse on premature death can be found on different levels: social, economic, religious and scientific. Following the structure of this anthology, the introductory reflections contain four parts. First they focus on how the lifespan of different population groups is established and evaluated in a societal context. The way the families and the nursing staff of patients in critical condition as well as these patients themselves deal with untimely death is investigated in a second step. The topic of conducting and the representation of premature death and dying is observed in this context. In conclusion the introductory reflections investigate the actual experience of mass mortality, mourning and its commemoration after the war." (author's abstract
Translated title of the contribution
Premature death and patterns of identity and meaning from a historical perspective
some preliminary reflections


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)9-19
JournalHistorical social research : HSR-Retrospective (HSR-Retro)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Geschichte, Social sciences, sociology, anthropology, History, premature death; lifetime; demography; memory cultures, allgemeine Geschichte, Bevölkerung, General History, Population Studies, Sociology of Population, Erinnerungskultur, Lebenserwartung, Lebensdauer, Tod, Demographie, Sterben, dying, life expectancy, death, demography, life-span, culture of remembrance