Rites for Modern Man: New Practices in Sweden

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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.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • History of Religions


  • Rituals, modernity, commodification of rites
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 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
EditorsLina Midholm, Annika Nordström, Maria T. Agozzino
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)