Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice

Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 209 x 19mm | 309g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0199733627
  • 9780199733620
  • 244,723

Table of contents

CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; THE PRACTICE OF RITUAL THEORY; II. THE SENSE OF RITUAL; III. RITUAL AND POWER; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
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Throws down the gauntlet to cultural interpretations of ritual....Bell's erudition and command of the literature, especially in the field of anthropology, is most impressive. Her appeal for the centrality of dynamic individuals, strategies, and power relationships is powerful and will no doubt strike a chord among those similarly disaffected with prevailing trends in understanding ritual. * American Journal of Sociology *
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About Catherine Bell

Late Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University
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