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Ritual Communication: From Everyday Conversation to Mediated Ceremony

Ritual Communication: From Everyday Conversation to Mediated Ceremony

ISBN 9780761915874
Edition 1
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Publisher SAGE Publications, Inc
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Overview
itual and ceremonial, as formal modes of conduct, are equally ubiquitous appearing in everything from modes of talk and rules of politeness to elaborate protocols for events of state. Ritual and rite, cermonial and ceremony are symbolic social actions, thus modes of communication, that implicate individuals in the social order, creating realities while expressing ideas and attitudes about them.This book combines bibliographic essay and theory construction to provide a unique perspective on ritual as a special and powerful form of communication. Part One is a critical review of definitions of ritual from anthropology, sociology, communication studies and other literature, ending with a theoretical essay on the contributions of communication theory to understanding ritual. Part Two is a critical review of the uses of the term ritual in communication studies literature, covering mediated rituals and ceremonies, ritualistic media uses and audience activities, political, rhetorical and civic rituals, rituals of everyday interaction, rituals of organizational life and finally a conception of communication as ritual.
Overview
itual and ceremonial, as formal modes of conduct, are equally ubiquitous appearing in everything from modes of talk and rules of politeness to elaborate protocols for events of state. Ritual and rite, cermonial and ceremony are symbolic social actions, thus modes of communication, that implicate individuals in the social order, creating realities while expressing ideas and attitudes about them.This book combines bibliographic essay and theory construction to provide a unique perspective on ritual as a special and powerful form of communication. Part One is a critical review of definitions of ritual from anthropology, sociology, communication studies and other literature, ending with a theoretical essay on the contributions of communication theory to understanding ritual. Part Two is a critical review of the uses of the term ritual in communication studies literature, covering mediated rituals and ceremonies, ritualistic media uses and audience activities, political, rhetorical and civic rituals, rituals of everyday interaction, rituals of organizational life and finally a conception of communication as ritual.
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