Religious Ritual and Cooperation: Testing for a Relationship on Israeli Religious and Secular Kibbutzim1

@article{Sosis2003ReligiousRA,
  title={Religious Ritual and Cooperation: Testing for a Relationship on Israeli Religious and Secular Kibbutzim1},
  author={Richard Sosis and Bradley J. Ruffle},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2003},
  volume={44},
  pages={713 - 722}
}
Anthropologists have long noted that one of the primary functions of religion is to promote group solidarity, and most have recognized ritual as the mechanism through which this solidarity is achieved. Guided by Durkheim (1995 [1912]), who was among the first to appreciate the unifying nature of religious ritual, functionalists have explored how ritual sustains the social order within a community (e.g., Douglas 1966, Radcliffe-Brown 1952). They have argued that collective rituals enable the… 
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