Dances of death, occupational mortality statistics, and social critique.
In the late middle ages and early renaissance dances of death were a popular art form.
Despite important differences in outlook, the moral messages of these art forms and of modern analyses of socioeconomic inequalities in mortality overlap considerably.
This theme has survived in modern dances of death, which are popular in certain parts of Europe, especially in Germany and other German speaking countries in central Europe, and are clearly inspired by the late medieval and early renaissance examples.
In the modern dances of death, however, unlike their historical counterparts, social critique (crtiticism of social inequality) is almost absent, although they include representations of differences between people in social position.
Remarkably, references to socioeconomic inequalities in mortality, which have been documented extensively, are also uncommon in the modern examples.
This raises important questions about public perception of social inequality in general and socioeconomic inequalities in mortality in particular, and it suggests that modern Western society has not developed the cultural means of conveying the moral message that follows from research into socioeconomic inequalities in health.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epoque historique, Facteur risque, Inégalité, Danse, Mort, Croyance, Génération, Environnement social, Relation personnalité environnement, Homme, Ethique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Historic epoch, Risk factor, Inequality, Dance, Death, Belief, Generation, Social environment, Environment personality relation, Human, Ethics
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0075914
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 21/05/1997.