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Traditioner: Jag vill inte längre vara Lucia
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

After making an observation that young people wish to maintain traditions, but they themselves do not wish to attend, lead to a curiosity to examine if traditions serve any purpose for the young people of today. The discrepancies between that the young people say that it is important to preserve traditions versus that themselves do not wish to participate leads us to believe that traditions fills some kind of function but the question is – What function is this? The purpose of this research is to find out what purpose traditions have for young people and also look for the answer to why young people refrain from participating in certain traditions.

The results are built from answers from interviews with 36 young people (19 girls and 17 boys) in the ages of 17 – 19 years old.

Theoretical frames that helps answer the questions in this paper are represented by theories from Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Émile Durkheim and Erving Goffman.

The results shows that traditions fills the following function, - maintaining social relationships and connections at different times and in different contexts, - contributing to interaction and connectedness, - legitimately be allowed to be family-oriented, - opportunity to provide a desirable appearance and a desired identity. The results also shows that traditions have a function to exclude when a person is not included in a social context

The results show that choosing to refrain from participating has to do with that we live in a post–traditional society that opens up opportunities to make choices. Our desire to keep traditions is based on our upbringing and in our habits

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
tradition, social capital, social interaction, habitus, reflexivity
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48541OAI: diva2:889688
Subject / course
Educational program
Sociology Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-01-04 Created: 2015-12-28 Last updated: 2016-01-04Bibliographically approved

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