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Internet Scout: Outstanding Resource Death of the Father: An Anthropology of Ends in Political AuthorityUK Plus Site of the Week award

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21 Oct 1999


How did they die?
Why is it important?

Of what significance is the symbolization of the Father and his dead body for the form of national authority that follows the collapse of a regime? Of what importance is the mode of death, treatment of the corpse, and the nature of mourning in bringing closure?

An international team of anthropologists and artists, pose these questions as they address the end of an authority crisis that spanned most of this century, and that crystallized around the regimes of Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and the State Socialist systems of East Germany, Yugoslavia, Romania, and the Soviet Union.