Documents of life and death: Identities beyond the life course in coroners' suicide files

Langer, Susanne and Scourfield, Jonathan and Fincham, Ben (2007) Documents of life and death: Identities beyond the life course in coroners' suicide files. NCRM Working Paper. N/A. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In keeping with recent critiques of literature on the body and the life course, the argument of this paper is that social identities can, to a certain extent, be constructed post-mortem and in the absence of a living body. The authors make this case with reference to a sociological autopsy study of a hundred suicide case files in a coroners’ office in a medium-sized British city. The research draws on ethnographic approaches to documents. There is discussion of some of the diverse data sources in the coroners’ files: medical reports, witness statements and suicide notes. The identity work revealed in these sources is as much about the living as the dead and is especially bound up in the process of avoiding blame.

Item Type:Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:NCRM Publications
Subjects:4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.11 Ethnography
4. Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 4.23 Qualitative Approaches (other)
ID Code:410
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:05 Dec 2008 18:49
Last Modified:12 Oct 2010 17:37

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