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Funerary Culture and the Limits of Secularization in Denmark
Reihe: Death Studies. Nijmegen Studies in Thanatology
Bd. 4, 2017, 192 S., 34.90 EUR, 34.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90964-0
Considered one of the most irreligious countries in the world, in spite of continued religious affiliation of the majority of the population, Denmark is an important case to explore the limits of secularization. This study challenges the secularization thesis from the perspective of lived religion, innovatively examining death-related behaviour and hitherto overlooked religion in relation to organ donation, churchyard design, grave visiting rituals and graveyard photographs.
Anne Kjærsgaard is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Practical Theology and Church History, School of Society and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. She conducted her doctoral research at the Centre for Thanatology, Radboud University, The Netherlands.