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Narratives on ritual transfer: An interview study about the creation of civil ceremonies in today's Sweden.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 0809-7291, E-ISSN 1890-7008, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 106-116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the 21st century, the Church of Sweden has lost its dominant position with regard to the ritualization of birth, marriage, and death. Above all, civil ceremonies have become more common. These are very free in form and content, but ritual actors often make them similar to church rituals. This article aims to investigate how practices used in ritualization in religious organizations are transferred to and given meaning in a civil context. In the study, 12 narrators talked about experiences of name-giving ceremonies, civil weddings, and civil funerals that they had designed and experienced. The results show that ritual actors’ social, religious, and cultural contexts have an impact on how ritual transfer is undertaken and given meaning. Civil ceremonies can connect to, as well as express resistance toward, religious organizations, religious traditions, and beliefs. 

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2019. Vol. 32, no 2, p. 106-116
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Ritualization, civil wedding, name-giving ceremony, civil funeral, meaning-making
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38067DOI: 10.18261/issn.1890-7008-2019-02-01Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85077396415OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38067DiVA, id: diva2:1377977
Available from: 2019-12-13 Created: 2019-12-13 Last updated: 2020-01-15Bibliographically approved

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