Creating Life and Exploring Death


In Sweden, as elsewhere, people’s lives and physical bodies have become part of an advanced medical care apparatus. The present article is about this technologization of everyday life and the integration of medical high technology in the biological process. The empirical foundation is the creation of life with the aid of artificial reproduction and the investigation of dead human bodies for the purposes of autopsy and transplantation. Life and death are undeniably two focal points where the encounter of medicine, biology, and culture is made visible. By looking closely at the techniques that make it possible to stretch these fundamental principles, we want to reason about changes in people’s cultural identity.1

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Akesson, L. & Lundin, S., (1996) “Creating Life and Exploring Death”, Ethnologia Europaea 26(1), p.37-49. doi:

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.



Lynn Akesson (University of Lund)
Susanne Lundin (University of Lund)



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