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Staging the Dead. The Material Body as a Medium for Gender and Religion


Höpflinger, Anna-Katharina (2015). Staging the Dead. The Material Body as a Medium for Gender and Religion. Journal for Religion, Film and Media, 1(1):57-64.

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The body is one of the basic media that form and communicate gender. How important gender is for the perception of an individual becomes especially clear by looking at the exhibition of a dead body. Having nothing left other than the body, the deceased are reduced to characteristics that seem to be the basis of a specific culture. However, in religious contexts the exhibition of mortal remains can also be used to overcome gender differentiations. In this article, I will focus on Central Europe, and argue that material presentations are an authoritative means of forming concepts of gender and religion.

The body is one of the basic media that form and communicate gender. How important gender is for the perception of an individual becomes especially clear by looking at the exhibition of a dead body. Having nothing left other than the body, the deceased are reduced to characteristics that seem to be the basis of a specific culture. However, in religious contexts the exhibition of mortal remains can also be used to overcome gender differentiations. In this article, I will focus on Central Europe, and argue that material presentations are an authoritative means of forming concepts of gender and religion.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Religious Studies
01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Religion, Economics, and Politics
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
330 Economics
200 Religion
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:09 Dec 2015 16:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:34
Publisher:Schüren
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://143.50.35.102/ojs-jrfm/index.php/ojs_jrfm/article/view/8
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-115295

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