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Grave and power: A thanato-sociological analysis of the funerals of Tito, F. Tuđman and S. Milošević

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Author(s): Kuljić Todor

Journal: Sociologija
ISSN 0038-0318

Volume: 54;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 595;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: funeral | ideology | laudatio funebris | politics | grave | power

ABSTRACT
The paper offers a thanato-sociological analysis of the funerals of Tito, F. Tuđman and S. Milošević, documenting various ideological contents and various political roles of the funerals of heads of state. Tito’s charisma was class-based, supranational and Yugoslav, while the other two were national authorities. Tito’s funeral was a symbol of peace, Tudjman’s of national liberation, and Milošević’s a symbol resistance to imperialism. In the paper group symbols at the funerals are analyzed, along with the content of laudatio funebris, dimensions of authority of the deceased, key rhetorical figures, the structure of the funeral accompaniment and the appearance of the grave.
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