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Rites for Modern Man: New Practices in Sweden
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.
2007 (English)In: The Ritual Year and Ritual Diverstity: Proceedings of The SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year, Gothenburg June 7-11, 2006 / [ed] Lina Midholm and Annika Nordström , Maria Teresa Agozzino, Göteborg: Institutet för språk och folkminnen ;Göteborg :Dialekt-, ortnamns- och folkminnesarkivet i Göteborg , 2007, 83-92 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Rites for Modern Man: New Ritual Practices in Sweden. This article offers a new perspective on the use of ritual and tradition in contemporary Sweden. Urbanization, immigration, cultural pluralism, the capitalist market system, changing conditions for women, the influence of mass media, and individualism are all characteristic of the social condition of modernity that have radically changed the context of ritual and transformed traditional patterns. New rituals or ritualized practices have emerged that respond to these contemporary societal structures. It presents some of these practices, discusses different categories of new ritual mastery and investigates the increasing demand from the participants for efficacy and personal meaning in rituals. Finally, it raises the delicate question whether it is justifiable, or even desirable, to maintain a critical stance to these features of modernity.   

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Göteborg: Institutet för språk och folkminnen ;Göteborg :Dialekt-, ortnamns- och folkminnesarkivet i Göteborg , 2007. 83-92 p.
Keyword [en]
Rituals, modernity, commodification of rites
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-40852Local ID: 54304ISBN: 978-91-7229-039-6OAI: diva2:261701
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-08-15Bibliographically approved

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