Craft of Ritual Studies

ISBN-10: 0195301439

ISBN-13: 9780195301434

Edition: 2014

Authors: Ronald L. Grimes
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Description: In religious studies, theory and method research has long been embroiled in a polarized debate over scientific versus theological perspectives. Ronald L. Grimes shows that this debate has stagnated, due in part to a manner of theorizing too far removed from the study of actual religious practices. A worthwhile theory, according to Grimes, must be practice-oriented, and practices are most effectively studied by field research methods.The Craft of Ritual Studies melds together a systematic theory and method capable of underwriting the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary study of ritual enactments. Grimes first exposes the limitations that disable many theories of ritual--for example, defining ritual as essentially religious, assuming that ritual's only function is to generate group solidarity, or treating ritual as a mirror of the status quo. He proposes strategies and offers guidelines for conducting field research on the public performance of rites, providing a guide for fieldwork on complex ritual enactments, particularly those characterized by social conflict or cultural creativity. The volume also provides a section on case study, focusing on a single complex event: the Santa Fe Fiesta, a New Mexico celebration marked by protracted ethnic conflict and ongoing dramatic creativity. Grimes explains how rites interact creatively and critically with their social surroundings, developing such themes as the relation of ritual to media, theater, and film, the dynamics of ritual creativity, the negotiation of ritual criticism, and the impact of ritual on cultural and physical environments.This important and influential book will be the capstone work of Grimes's three decades of leadership in the field of ritual studies. It is accompanied by twenty online appendices illustrating key aspects of ritual study.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

List of Figures and Tables
List of Lists
List of Videos and Online Materials
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Method
Performing Research and Teaching
John Bourke as a Student of Ritual
From Symbol and Conquest to the Craft of Ritual Studies
Fieldworking Ritual
Preparing
The Field
Negotiating
Participant Observation
Interviewing
Reading, Writing, and Mediatizing Ritual
Writing
Description
Narration and Dialogue
Argumentation
Explanation and Interpretation
Ritual Criticism
Publishing and Presenting
The Media of Studying Ritual
Case
Filming Fiesta
Sights and Sounds of the Santa Fe Fiesta
The Santa Fe Fiesta, 2007
The Spring Events
Fiesta Begins
Fiesta Proclamations
The Entrada
Parades and the Queen�s Audience
The Fiesta Melodrama
The Pontifical Mass and the Mass of Thanksgiving
Candlelight Procession
Aaron's Zozobra
Behind the Scenes of the Santa Fe Fiesta
Ritual Criticism and the Santa Fe Fiesta
Field and Home in Ritual Studies
Framing Fiesta
The Spanish Reconquest, 711-1492
Ceremonies of Possession
The Conquest of Mexico, 1519-1521
The Conquest of New Mexico, 1598
The Pueblo Revolt of 1680
The Ritual Reconquest of Santa Fe, 1692
The Military Reconquests of Santafe, 1693 and 1696
The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Festivity, American Pageantry, and the Myth of Santa Fe: The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Contours of Fiesta History
Theory
Theorizing Ritual
The Meaning of "Theory"
Working with Theories
Testing Theories
Constructing Theories
Defining and Classifying Ritual
Using the Term "Ritual"
Examples of Scholarly Definitions
Classifying Rituals
Ritual Modes
Comparing Rituals
Mapping Ritual
Ritual and Sport
Ritual and Music
Ritual and Theater
Ritual as a Domain
Elements of Ritual
Ritual Actions
Ritual Actors
Ritual Places
Ritual Times
Ritual Objects
Ritual Languages
Ritual Groups
Ritual Structures and Processes
Elements and Domains
Dynamics of Ritual
What Rituals Do
Rituals Empower and Disempower Groups
Rituals Attune and Disattune Bodies
Rituals Reinforce the Status Quo and Enact Transformation
Rituals Make and Unmake Meaning
Modeling Ritual
Reimagining Theory and Method
Glossary
Sources Cited
Notes
Index
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