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

Author:
  • Anton Andersson
  • Christofer Edling
  • Jens Rydgren
Publishing year: 2017-12
Language: English
Pages: 377-381
Publication/Series: Sociologisk Forskning
Volume: 54
Issue: 4
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Sveriges Sociologförbund

Abstract english

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.

Keywords

  • Sociology
  • greeting practice
  • friendship networks
  • gender

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Published
  • ISSN: 0038-0342
Christofer Edling
E-mail: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

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Background

I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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