Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice

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Oxford University Press, Jan 30, 1992 - Religion - 270 pages
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Ritual studies today figures as a central element of religious discourse for many scholars around the world. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice, Catherine Bell's sweeping and seminal work on the subject, helped legitimize the field. In this volume, Bell re-examines the issues, methods, and ramifications of our interest in ritual by concentrating on anthropology, sociology, and the history of religions. Now with a new foreword by Diane Jonte-Pace, Bell's work is a must-read for understanding the evolution of the field of ritual studies and its current state.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Notes
10
THE PRACTICE OF RITUAL THEORY
13
Constructing Ritual
19
Constructing Meaning
30
Constructing Discourse
47
Notes
55
THE SENSE OF RITUAL
67
Ritual Traditions and Systems
118
Notes
143
RITUAL AND POWER
169
Ritual Control
171
Ritual Belief and Ideology
182
The Power of Ritualization
197
Notes
224
Bibliography
239

Action and Practice
69
The Ritual Body
94

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Late Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

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