RITUAL THEORY, RITUAL PRACTICE

RITUAL THEORY, RITUAL PRACTICE

By: Bell, Catherine

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In recent years the notion of ritual has emerged as an important focus for new forms of cultural analysis. Arguing that the concept of ritual is overdue for critical rethinking, Bell here offers a close theoretical analysis of the recent developments in ritual studies, concentrating on anthropology, sociology, and history of religions. She begins by showing how discourse on ritual has served to generate and legitimate a limited and ultimately closed form of cultural analysis. She then proposes that so-called ritual activities be removed from their isolated position as special, paradigmatic acts and restored to the context of "social activity" in general. Using the term "ritualization" to describe ritual thus contextualized, she defines it as a culturally strategic way of acting. She goes on to show how this definition can serve to illuminate such classic issues in traditional ritual studies as belief, ideology, legitimation, and power.

Title: RITUAL THEORY, RITUAL PRACTICE

Author Name: Bell, Catherine

Categories: Anthropology,

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA: 1994

ISBN Number: 0195076133

ISBN Number 13: 9780195076134

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000044689