The anonymity of roadside memorials in Poland

Lucyna Przybylska , Małgorzata Flaga


In Poland, the majority of roadside memorials erected at the site of fatal accidents are anonymous. The purpose of this article is to explain the reasons for their anonymity. It was assumed that a roadside memorial is anonymous when it is not marked in any way with letters identifying the person who it is devoted to or who erected it (e.g. names or nicknames). Based on six semi-structured interviews, it was concluded that the main reasons for the anonymity of roadside memorials were of social and not private nature. The main reason for the anonymity of roadside memorials is the lack of the need to share information, through an inscription, about the deceased and their death, in a neighbourhood where everybody knew the person and most of the inhabitants have heard about the victim and the circumstances of the accident. Some respondents referred to the general rule of not inscribing roadside memorials, partly resulting from the cult of the dead, strongly rooted in the Polish culture and commonly observed at cemeteries.
Publication typeIn press (online first, early view)
Author Lucyna Przybylska (FOG/IG/DSpatM)
Lucyna Przybylska,,
- Department of Spatial Management
, Małgorzata Flaga
Małgorzata Flaga,,
Journal seriesMortality, ISSN 1357-6275, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.55
Keywords in Englishanonymity, inscriptions, memorial crosses, Poland, roadside memorials
ASJC Classification1211 Philosophy; 1212 Religious studies; 3306 Health(social science)
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 70.0, 18-03-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0.000; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.900
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