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Part of the Studies in Folklore and Ethnology: Traditions, Practices, and Identities Series
The hen (or bachelorette) party, with its groups of visible, raucous women on trains, planes, and in public spaces is ubiquitous throughout the English-speaking world. The practice of the blackening, a unique form of kidnapping and punishment ritual, is limited to North Eastern parts of Scotland and to specific sectors of the population. Both are prenuptial rituals enacted by women. In Prenuptial Rituals in Scotland, Sheila Young produces a thorough description of how these two rituals were and are enacted and analyzes the ways these practices have changed through time as a social commentary. Young's study provides valuable insights into identity, gender, social class, contemporary attitudes to ritual, and what it means to approach marriage in the twenty first century.
|Publication date:||11th October 2019|
|Author:||Sheila M. Young|
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield|
|Categories:||Sociology: customs & traditions,|
Sheila M. Young is honorary research associate and guest lecturer at the Elphinstone Institute.More About Sheila M. Young