Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ritual and Its ConsequencesAn Essay on the Limits of Sincerity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Adam B. Seligman, Robert P. Weller, Michael Puett, and Bennett Simon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336009.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 16 October 2019

Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
Ritual and Its Consequences
Author(s):

Adam B. Seligman (Contributor Webpage)

Robert P. Weller (Contributor Webpage)

Michael J. Puett (Contributor Webpage)

Bennett Simon (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336009.003.0001

This introductory chapter situates the analysis within existing anthropological studies of ritual, and argues that ritual is not solely an aspect of religious life. Rather, it presents ritual as a crucial mode for framing human activity. It contrasts this with another mode of living and acting in the world, which the authors of this book call sincerity. It suggests that contemporary thought, which rests on the idea of autonomous individuals interacting on the basis of their sincerity, has left little ideological room for ritual and its creation of bounded groups. Yet ritual has not disappeared and in fact appears to be increasing. This sets the stage for the book's general reconsideration of how ritual works.

Keywords:   ritual, anthropological studies, sincerity, autonomous individuals, framing

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .