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Rites for Modern Man: New Practices in Sweden

Hornborg, Anne-Christine LU (2007) In The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity: Proceedings of the second International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year, Gothenburg June 7-11, 2006 p.83-92
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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Rituals, modernity, commodification of rites
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The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity: Proceedings of the second International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year, Gothenburg June 7-11, 2006
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Midholm, Lina; Nordström, Annika and Agozzino, Maria T.
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83 - 92
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978-91-7229-039-6
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English
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  author       = {Hornborg, Anne-Christine},
  editor       = {Midholm, Lina and Nordström, Annika and Agozzino, Maria T.},
  isbn         = {978-91-7229-039-6},
  keyword      = {Rituals,modernity,commodification of rites},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {83--92},
  series       = {The Ritual Year and Ritual Diversity: Proceedings of the second International Conference of the SIEF Working Group on the Ritual Year, Gothenburg June 7-11, 2006},
  title        = {Rites for Modern Man: New Practices in Sweden},
  year         = {2007},
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