Rituals, repertoires, and performances in post-modernity

A cultural sociological account

Authored by: Ronald N. Jacobs

Handbook of Cultural Sociology

Print publication date:  July  2010
Online publication date:  September  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415474450
eBook ISBN: 9780203891377
Adobe ISBN: 9781134026159

10.4324/9780203891377.ch25

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Abstract

In many respects, Cultural Sociology was established through the study of ritual. For Durkheim, ritual is the central social process that bonds the individual to society; at the same time, rituals serve to reinforce core social values, through the division or the world into the two basic categories of sacred and profane. As a particular mode of action, ritual serves to infuse culture with collective energy and affectivity, which increases its power and its ability to enact an identification of the individual with society.

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