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Death and Governmentality in Iceland: Neo-liberalism, Grief and the Nation-form

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Árnason, Arnar
dc.contributor.author Hafsteinsson, Sigurjón Baldur
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-13T13:45:31Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-13T13:45:31Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Arnar Árnason, Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson. (2018). Death and Governmentality in Iceland: Neo-liberalism, Grief and the Nation-form. Reykjavík: Háskólaútgáfan
dc.identifier.isbn 9789935231710
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/683
dc.description.abstract This book is a contribution to debates concerning the state of death in the contemporary Western world. Taking up the argument that death there has recently undergone a revival, the book problematizes the idea that this revival is caused by general trends in society for example rising individualism. The book describes a link between the revival of death in Iceland and neo-liberal governmentality, in particular the machinery by means of which modern citizens are enjoined to govern themselves. The book draws on extensive ethnographic fieldwork on the changing regimes of dying and grieving in Iceland since the year 2000. The ethnography reflects how the old Icelandic solution of ‘locking death away in a drawer’ is being replaced by an allegedly healthier option of ‘dealing openly’ with death and grief. The changes in the management of death and grief in Iceland have taken place in the context of a neo-liberal governmentality. The rise of neo-liberalism has been accompanied by a rhetoric that emphasises self-reliance, personal responsibility and individual initiative, private enterprise and personal improvement The authors suggest that the changing regimes of death and grief should be placed in this context. The book reflects on linkages between death and grief, the fluctuating fortunes of the ‘nation form’ in Iceland and the different ways in which political power can be legitimised through the changing relations between ‘nation’, ‘state’ and ‘individual’.
dc.description.sponsorship Financial support for the initial research was provided by Durham University’s Research Studentship, aided by a Monbusho Scholarship from the Japanese Government and research grants from the Research Council of Iceland (#010010001 and #050678031). The research was made possible by financial assistance from the National Research Council of Iceland and the School of Social Sciences of the University of Aberdeen. A contribution from the Visiting Scholar Scheme at the University of Aberdeen greatly facilitated the writing up of our research. Financial support was provided by the University of Iceland Research Fund and assistant research grants from the School of Social Sciences of the University of Iceland. We are grateful for all of this financial support.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Iceland Press
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Dauði
dc.subject Sorg
dc.subject Nýfrjálshyggja
dc.subject Þjóðernisvitund
dc.subject Þjóðfræði
dc.title Death and Governmentality in Iceland: Neo-liberalism, Grief and the Nation-form
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/book
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.contributor.department Félags- og mannvísindadeild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UI)
dc.contributor.school Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Social Sciences (UI)

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