Understanding Rituals

1st Edition

Daniel de Coppet

Routledge
Published October 29, 1992
Reference - 132 Pages
ISBN 9780415061216 - CAT# RU9513
Series: European Association of Social Anthropologists

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Summary

Understanding Rituals explores how ritual can be understood within the framework of contemporary social anthropology, and shows that ritual is now one of the most fertile fields of anthropological research. The contributors demonstrate how rituals create and maintain - or transform - a society's cultural identity and social relations. By examining specific rituals from various theoretical viewpoints, they reveal the ultimate and contradictory values to which each society as a whole is attached.

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