"In Sweden we shake hands" - but are we really?

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Abstract

Motivated by a recent controversy over handshaking, a survey of the personal networks of young Swedes (n=2244) is used to describe greeting practices across social class, gender, immigrant background, and geographic location. While greeting practices in the sample are fairly uniform, there are also important differences. Handshaking is predominantly used by respondents with an immigrant background, men and women distinguish between greetings depending on the gender of the person they are greeting, and greeting practices differ between northern and southern Sweden as well as between rural and urban areas.

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  • Stockholm University
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  • Sociology

Keywords

  • greeting practice, friendship networks, gender
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-381
Number of pages5
JournalSociologisk Forskning
Volume54
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes