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Ritual : a very short introduction / Barry Stephenson
Publication year: 2015
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
Includes bibliographical refrences and index.
Introduction -- Ritualization -- Ritual and the origins of culture -- Ritual and society -- Ritual and transformation -- Definitions, types, domains -- Ritual as performance -- The fortunes of ritual -- References -- Further reading -- Index.
Alongside description of a number of specific rites, this volume explores ritual from both theoretical and historical perspectives. Barry Stephenson focuses on the places where ritual touches everyday life: in politics and power; moments of transformation in the life cycle; as performance and embodiment. He also discusses the boundaries of ritual, and how and why certain behaviours have been studied as ritual while others have not.
Rites and ceremonies
Pages xv, 126 pages
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015
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