Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice

Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice

by Catherine Bell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199733627

ISBN-13: 9780199733620

Pub. Date: 12/28/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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,

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199733620
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
561,638
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Notes 10

I The Practice of Ritual Theory

1 Constructing Ritual 19

2 Constructing Meaning 30

3 Constructing Discourse 47

Notes 55

II The Sense of Ritual

4 Action and Practice 69

5 The Ritual Body 94

6 Ritual Traditions and Systems 118

Notes 143

III Ritual and Power

7 Ritual Control 171

8 Ritual, Belief, and Ideology 182

9 The Power of Ritualization 197

Notes 224

Bibliography 239

Index 259

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