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“We are a United Humanity”: Death, Emotion and Digital Media in the Church of Sweden

Hutchings, Timothy

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DR TIM HUTCHINGS Tim.Hutchings@nottingham.ac.uk
Assistant Professorin Religious Ethics



Abstract

This article seeks to bring together the study of death, digital media, emotionand religion, using a Christian organization as a case study. The Swedish national church (Svenska kyrkan) has a large but declining membership and uses digital media extensively. We will analyze two of its attempts to respond to grief through media: a hybrid digital-physical technology installation in Swedish cemeteries and a series of posts about death and sadness on Facebook. In both projects, the Church presents emotion as a universal shared experience that unites all humanity, using this discourse to bring together its religious and non-religious audiences.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 2, 2017
Journal Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
Print ISSN 0883-8151
Electronic ISSN 1550-6878
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 61
Issue 1
Pages 90-107
APA6 Citation Hutchings, T. (2017). “We are a United Humanity”: Death, Emotion and Digital Media in the Church of Sweden. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 61(1), 90-107. doi:10.1080/08838151.2016.1273930
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08838151.2016.1273930
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08838151.2016.1273930
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