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This unusual book, The World of Obituaries, looks at obituaries as a rich source of information on cultural representations of gender. It examines obituaries published from 1938 to 1998 in three cultures—Egypt, Iran, and the United States—to analyze how women and men are represented in their death notices and how these representations have changed over time. Mushira Eid has applied quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques to 4,400 obituaries, using names, titles, and occupations as linguistic symbols of identity. Data were collected for a month at ten-year intervals to measure change. Resulting facts are placed within the context of women's movements in the three cultures and are related to other sociocultural and political events that may have influenced perceptions of gender roles. The World of Obituaries opens a new window on gender-related differences in language, both cross-culturally and historically, and invites readers to view obituaries in a new light.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 9
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  1. A Note on Transliteration
  2. p. 11
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  1. Introduction: Gender, Language, and the Obituaries
  2. pp. 13-18
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  1. Part I. Preliminaries
  2. p. 19
  1. Chapter 1. Obituaries across Cultures
  2. pp. 21-62
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  1. Chapter 2. Space and Visibility in the Obituaries
  2. pp. 63-106
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  1. Part II. The Representation of the Deceased
  2. p. 107
  1. Statistical Analyses and Results: An Overview
  2. pp. 109-118
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  1. Chapter 3. Naming the Deceased: Basic Identity
  2. pp. 119-155
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  1. Chapter 4. Acquired Identities: Titles
  2. pp. 156-211
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  1. Chapter 5. Acquired Identities: Occupations
  2. pp. 212-238
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  1. Part III. The Obituaries and Beyond
  2. p. 239
  1. Chapter 6. The End of a Century: 1998 Obituaries
  2. pp. 241-255
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  1. Chapter 7. The Search for a Model, a Connection
  2. pp. 256-280
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Appendix A: Definitions of Arabic and Persian Social Titles
  2. pp. 285-287
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  1. Appendix B: Tables of Statistics
  2. pp. 288-294
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  1. Appendix C: Social and Professional Titles as Applied to Women and Men
  2. pp. 295-302
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  1. Appendix D: Classification of Occupations
  2. pp. 303-306
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 307-318
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  1. References
  2. pp. 319-324
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-332
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814336557
Related ISBN
9780814327555
MARC Record
OCLC
763158708
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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