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Social death is on many occasions used too broadly by academics in several different disciplines, creating ambiguity around its application. Conceptual clarification is needed, not least because of the importance of the empirical topics to which the concept has been applied, such as genocide, slavery and dementia. Analysis of repeatedly occurring s...
Project goal: To interrogate, analyze and compare conceptual framework of 'social death' concept across over 80 academic writings. Conclusion: social death (in this sample) may be regarded as opposite of well-being. It is possible to constructed unifying overarching conceptual framework across all of these studies. Furthermore, social death is fueled by interactional processes positioned between oppression and resistance. Conceptual extensions of social death include: survival, social exclusion and well-being.