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Ritual, Media, and Conflict - Oxford Ritual Studies Series (Paperback)
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Ritual, Media, and Conflict - Oxford Ritual Studies Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 26/05/2011
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Although conflict is a normal aspect of human life, mass media technologies are changing the dynamics of conflict and shaping strategies for deploying rituals. Rituals can provoke or escalate conflict; they can also mediate it. Media representations have long been instrumental in establishing, maintaining, and challenging political and economic power, as well as in determining the nature of religious practice. This collection of essays emerged from a two-year project based on collaboration between the Faculty of Religious Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the Ritual Dynamics Collaborative Research Center at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Here, an interdisciplinary team of twenty-four scholars locates, describes, and explores cases in which media-driven rituals or ritually saturated media instigate, disseminate, or escalate conflict. Each chapter, built around global and local examples of ritualized, mediatized conflict, is multi-authored. The book's central question is: "When ritual and media interact (either by the mediatizing of ritual or by the ritualizing of media), how do the patterns of conflict change?"

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199735549
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 231 x 157 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Scholars of religion will be well served by this thought-provoking volume, no matter how much experience they have with these issues. The wide ranging and engaging case studies provide ample insights into what will likely be the next chapter in religious practice. Readers will come away with curiosity piqued, ready to reflect more on the interplay of ritual, media, and conflict. * James F. Caccamo, Journal of the American Academy of Religion *
an interesting and valuable book * Eric W. Rothenbuhler, Anthropos *

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