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Negotiating rites

Author: Ute Hüsken; Frank Neubert
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Series: Oxford ritual studies.
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In common understanding, but also in scholarly discourse, ritual has been long viewed as an undisputed and indisputable part of (especially religious) tradition, performed over and over in the same ways: stable in form, meaningless, preconcieved, and with the aim of creating harmony and enabling a tradition's survival. The authors represented in this collection argue, however, that these assumptions can be seriously  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ute Hüsken; Frank Neubert
ISBN: 9780199812295 0199812292 9780199812318 0199812314
OCLC Number: 778626790
Description: ix, 298 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction ; Ute Husken and Frank Neubert ; PART ONE - SHARING A WORLD ; 1. Negotiating Karma: Penance in Classical Indian Law Books ; Mikael Aktor ; 2. Negotiations at Death: Assessing Gifts, Mothers and Marriages ; Erik de Maaker ; 3. "The Clitoris Is Indeed Your Sweet": Negotiating Gender Roles in the Ritual Setting of the Swahili New Year's Festival ; Magnus Echtler ; 4. Ritual Negotiations in Lutherland ; Barry Stephenson ; 5. Negotiating Rites in Imperial China: The Case of Northern Song Court Ritual Debates from 1034 to 1093 ; Christian Meyer ; PART TWO - GETTING IT STRAIGHT ; 6. Performing the Ancient Ones: The Body-in-practice as the Ground of Ritual Negotiation ; Nikki Bado ; 7. Negotiating Tantra and Veda in the Parasurama-Kalpa Tradition ; Annette Wilke ; 8. Same-Sex Weddings in Canada: Rituals of Resistance or Rituals of Conformity? ; Shari Lash ; 9. The Social Element of Visionary Revelation: Public Rites as a Means of Negotiating Authenticity in Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Lineages ; Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa ; 10. Negotiating Ritual Repair: The prayascitta Material in the Baudhayana Srauta Sutra ; Kathryn McClymond ; PART THREE - MEANINGS AND VALUES OF RITUAL ; 11. Hook-Swinging in South India: Negotiating the Subaltern Space within a Colonial Society ; Ulrike Schroder ; 12. Negotiating Meaning and Enactment in a Buddhist Ritual ; Patricia Q. Campbell ; 13. Ordination into the Buddhist Sangha as an Initiation Ritual and as a Legal Procedure ; Ute Husken and Petra Kieffer-Pulz ; 14. Negotiating the Social in the Ritual Theory of Victor Turner and Roy Rappaport ; Grant Potts
Series Title: Oxford ritual studies.
Responsibility: edited by Ute Hüsken, Frank Neubert.

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In common understanding, but also in scholarly discourse, ritual has been long viewed as an undisputed and indisputable part of (especially religious) tradition, performed over and over in the same ways: stable in form, meaningless, preconcieved, and with the aim of creating harmony and enabling a tradition's survival. The authors represented in this collection argue, however, that these assumptions can be seriously challenged. Not only are rituals frequently disputed, they also constitute a field in which vital and sometimes even violent negotiations take place. Negotiations - here understood as processes of interaction during which differing positions are debated and/or acted out - are ubiquitous in ritual contexts, either in relation to the ritual itself, or in relation to the realm beyond any given ritual performance. The authors contend that a central feature of ritual is its embeddedness in negotiation processes and that life beyond the ritual frame often is negotiated in the field of rituals. This point of view opens up fruitful new perspectives on ritual procedures, on the interactions that constitute these procedures, and on the contexts in which they are embedded. By explicitly addressing and theorizing the relevance of negotiation in the world of ritual, the essays in this volume seek to persuade scholars and students alike to think differently and to find new starting points for more nuanced discussions. -- Book Description.

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