Adriana Teodorescu

Adriana Teodorescu
Babeş-Bolyai University | UBB · Department of Sociology

PhD
Lecturer PhD, Department of Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

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February 2022 - present
Babeş-Bolyai University
Position
  • Lecturer PhD
February 2017 - February 2022
Babeş-Bolyai University
Position
  • Associate Lecturer
October 2016 - present
Babeş-Bolyai University
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Sociology of aging and old age
Education
October 2011 - October 2013
Babeş-Bolyai University
Field of study
  • Sociology
October 2008 - October 2011
Babeş-Bolyai University
Field of study
  • Comparative Literature
October 2006 - July 2007
Babeş-Bolyai University
Field of study
  • Comparative Literature

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Publications (26)
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This foreword constitutes an introduction to the first issue of the “Eastern and North European Journal of Death Studies”, from which it borrows its title, while it also highlights some of the significant ideas that articulate the foundation of the journal. Among these, the most important is the necessity of continuing the still insufficient proces...
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The dominant popular perception in contemporary Romania is that its people have strong, persistent and genuine Christian beliefs that are the main source of their attitudes towards death and of their representations of the afterlife. Questioning this assumption, this paper is based on two exploratory studies consisting of 80 semi-structured intervi...
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This introduction provides some insights on this special issue of Mortality, entitled Dying and Death in Former Communist European Countries, setting the issue against the general background of death studies and, more specifically, of death studies in eastern European countries. Some relevant references to the Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century E...
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Set against a double background, the sociology of ageing and the digital sociology, and using concepts and theories from the field of leisure studies, the present study approached Romanian elderly (60+) users of Facebook in an exploratory qualitative research, combining content analysis, interviews and participative observation. The main objectives...
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In contemporary societies' perception of children, death plays an incredibly insignificant role. This role goes from being ornamental, a weak reminder that our civilisation has overcome the times of children's high mortality rates, to being some other society's concern. Despite both medical improvements and cultural constructions of the child as an...
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The book tackles the challenging theme of death as seen through the lens of literature and its connections with history, the visual arts, anthropology, philosophy and other fields in humanities. It searches for answers to three questions: what can we know about death; how is death socialised; and how and for which purposes is death aesthetically sh...
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The contemporary Western society manifests a strong tendency to humanize death and to endow it with meaning. It does this in various ways, for instance through an overemphasis on the natural side of death, which has roots in an evolutionistic perception of life, or by casting a positive light upon death, which stems from the secular use of cultural...
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The present study aims at analysing the representations of symbolic immortality in Milan Kundera’s novel, Immortality (1999), and at assessing their potential to function as a critique of the current ways in which Western society configures immortality based on an over-pacifying principle capable of simulating/recycling an essentialist ontological...
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With a qualitative methodology and an interdisciplinary approach, this paper focuses on the most prominent public narratives related to elders and old age produced in the context of the January-February 2017 collective manifestations against the attempts of Romanian government to decriminalise corruption, manifestations where old people were believ...
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Western postmodern society is no longer as reluctant to allow death to be represented, therefore we can speak of a new paradigm of the revival of death (Walter, 1994). This does not mean that the forbidden death (Aries, 1977) is completely out, only that we are no longer dealing with an all-encompassing paradigm. The study aims at examining from a...
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Our study focuses on exploring the main aspects of death representation in literature as a simultaneous socio-cultural and aesthetic process, and on highlighting the existing close relationship between, on the one hand, the cultural illusion of transcendence or of relativity of power and reality of death and, on the other hand, the major theoretica...
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The current study is set to analyse the representations of symbolic immortality through art in Milan Kundera's 1999 novel, Immortality. His overview on immortality is fundamentally determined by his perception of Otherness, a view which is strongly influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre's (1905-1980) negative philosophy of the Other. The paper underlines t...
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Our study aims to point out, especially from a cultural point of view, using an interdisciplinary approach, the fact that the problematic status of cremation in contemporary Romania, as well as the status of Western cremation makes a bioethical perspective necessary. Our paper supports the idea that bioethics should study cremation, because cremati...
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In contemporary Romania cremation is a neglected research theme, while in the everyday life tends to be a taboo subject. If postmodernism began to abandon the cultural paradigm of forbidden death, by increasingly displaying death in mass-media, this is not the case for cremation, not in Romania, where the dominant Orthodox Church considers crematio...
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This study has two main objectives. First, it aims at reflecting on the status of immortality as a cultural product, and, thus, analysing the mechanisms by which immortality can be seen, given its tight relationship with death, as a symbolic construct as well. Second, it examines the non-religious symbolic construction of the continuation of existe...
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aims at proving the existence of an incomplete transdisciplinary formula in the critical investigation made by Mircea A. Diaconu upon Emil Cioran. We are discussing Cui i-e fricǎ de Emil Cioran? (Who's Afraid of Emil Cioran?), published in 2008 by Mircea A. Diaconu and two of Cioran's volumes, Scrisori cǎtre cei de-acasǎ (Letters to those from home...
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Death is one object of study posing serious problems when trying to capture it by means of a certain methodology. And that is because death is one of the few phenomena we do not have real access to, and when that access really occurs, the knowledge we reach becomes irrelevant since it cannot be further transmitted. Taking all the risks of a study o...

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