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Making Things BetterA Workbook on Ritual, Cultural Values, and Environmental Behavior$
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A. David Napier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199969357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969357.001.0001

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Shaping Behavior

Shaping Behavior

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(p.14) (p.15) Exercise 1 Shaping Behavior
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Making Things Better
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A. David Napier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969357.003.0003

Readers are invited to take an everyday object and animate it. The purpose is to examine how our attitude towards material things may be transformed by ritual engagement with the things around us. Readers may wish to reflect on how it is possible to put a monetary value on objects in other cultures where people's local worlds are ritually invested.

Keywords:   animism, spirituality, object, ritual action, embodiment, identity

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