Ritual, Politics, and Power

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Yale University Press, 1988 - Political Science - 235 pages
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In the most comprehensive study of political ritual yet written, David I. Kertzer explains why ritual has been and will continue to be an essential part of political life. Weaving together examples from around the world and throughout history, Kertzer shows that the success of all political groups, whether conservative or revolutionary, is linked to their effective use of ritual.
  

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Contents

The Power of Rites i
2
Flaming Crosses and Body Snatchers
15
Legitimacy and Mystification
35
The Virtues of Ambiguity
57
The Ritual Construction of Political Reality
77
Struggling for Power through Ritual
102
Conflict and Crisis
125
Rituals of Revolution
151
The Rites of Power
174
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He is a professor anthropology & history at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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