By Jens Kreinath, J a M Snoek, Professor of Religion Michael Stausberg
Theorizing Rituals places thought at the schedule of formality reports. except illustrating the present state-of-the-art it goals at exploring new views during this box. quantity one assembles 34 major students from a variety of international locations and disciplines operating inside this box. The authors evaluate major methodological and meta-theoretical difficulties (part I) through a number of the classical concerns (part II). additional chapters speak about major ways to theorizing rituals (part III) and discover a few key analytical strategies for theorizing rituals (part IV). the quantity is supplied with wide indices. quantity comprises an annotated bibliography of a few 500 goods overlaying these books, edited volumes and essays which are thought of such a lot suitable for the sector of formality conception. Theorizing Rituals is explicitly designed for the school room. it's priceless for learn students in the box in addition to for graduate scholars who input the sector of formality experiences.
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A. L. G. P. van Baaren, B. S. La Fontaine, 24 defining ‘rituals’ 11 Rituals are: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * culturally constructed; traditionally sanctioned behavior; praxis; performance; bodily actions and/or speech acts having its performers as its own audience26 marked oﬀ from the routine of everyday life; framed; liminal; anti-structure taking place at speciﬁc places and/or times collective; public multi-medial creating/organizing society/social groups creating change/transition purposeful (for the participants) repeated STANDARDIZED; REHEARSED RELIGIOUS; SACRED; TRANSCENDENT RIGID; STEREOTYPED; STABLE REDUNDANT; REPETITIVE SYMBOLIC; MEANINGFUL (FOR THE PARTICIPANTS) COMMUNICATIVE NOT INSTRUMENTAL prescribed; having a script formal(ized); conventional stylized structured; patterned; ordered; sequenced; rule-governed channeling emotion guiding cognition.
But that hardly helps to solve the current general terminological confusion. RITUAL AND OTHER FORMS OF SOCIAL ACTION Dietrich Harth Preliminary Remarks Ever since Émile Durkheim’s studies of The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), cultic practices, that is, ritual practices, have been the objects of concept formation not only in the study of religion but in the social sciences as well. It is worth noting that Durkheim preferred to talk of the “religious life” rather than religion and that he selected as his paradigm a culture far removed from and quite alien to Western civilization, namely the world of the Australian aborigines (as described by ethnographic literature).
10 Deﬁnitions from the Literature As noted above, actual deﬁnitions of ‘ritual’ found in the scholarly literature are usually formulated as monothetic, non-fuzzy, traditional Aristotelian classes. But do the characteristics used in such deﬁnitions really warrant such formulations? They do not. 11 Ritual is a culturally constructed system of SYMBOLIC COMMUNICATION. It is constituted of patterned and ordered sequences of words and acts, often expressed in multiple media, whose content and arrangement are characterized in varying degree by formality (conventionality), STEREOTYPE (RIGIDITY), condensation (fusion), and REDUNDANCY (REPETITION).
Theorizing Rituals: Issues, Topics, Approaches, Concepts by Jens Kreinath, J a M Snoek, Professor of Religion Michael Stausberg