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Over The Past Two Decades, Ritual Studies has emerged as a major player in modern religious discourse-due in large part to the canon of literature that Catherine Bell produced throughout her career. Bell's second book on ritual, already a classic in the field, Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions, offers a practical introduction to ritual and its study. A significant contribution to our understanding of this ubiquitous human phenomenon, this book considerably advances Bell's earlier and influential Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice.
Former Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University
Table of Contents
|Cheories: The History of Interpretation||p. 1|
|Myth or Ritual: Questions of Origin and Essence||p. 3|
|Early Theories and Theorists||p. 3|
|The Myth and Ritual Schools||p. 5|
|The Phenomenology of Religions||p. 8|
|Psychoanalytic Approaches to Ritual||p. 12|
|Profile: Interpreting the Akitu Festival||p. 17|
|Ritual and Society: Questions of Social Function and Structure||p. 23|
|Early Theories of Social Solidarity||p. 24|
|Neofunctional Systems Analyses||p. 29|
|Magic, Religion, and Science||p. 46|
|Profile: Interpreting the Mukanda Initiation||p. 52|
|Ritual Symbols, Syntax, and Praxis: Questions of Cultural Meaning and Interpretation||p. 61|
|Symbolic Systems and Symbolic Action||p. 62|
|Profile: Interpreting British and Swazi Enthronement Rites||p. 83|
|Rites: The Spectrum of Ritual Activities||p. 91|
|Basic Genres of Ritual Action||p. 93|
|Rites of Passage||p. 94|
|Calendrical Rites||p. 102|
|Rites of Exchange and Communion||p. 108|
|Rites of Affliction||p. 115|
|Feasting, Fasting, and Festivals||p. 120|
|Political Rites||p. 128|
|Characteristics of Ritual-like Activities||p. 138|
|Sacral Symbolism||p. 155|
|Contexts: The Fabric of Ritual Life||p. 171|
|Ritual Density||p. 173|
|Orthopraxy and Orthodoxy||p. 191|
|Traditional and Secular||p. 197|
|Oral and Literate||p. 202|
|Church, Sect, and Cult||p. 205|
|Ritual Change||p. 210|
|Tradition and Transformation||p. 212|
|Ritual Invention||p. 223|
|Media and Message||p. 242|
|Ritual Reification||p. 253|
|Repudiating, Returning, Romancing||p. 254|
|The Emergence of "Ritual,"||p. 259|
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