Ritual peformance and the politics of identity: On the functions and uses of ritual

@article{Koster2003RitualPA,
  title={Ritual peformance and the politics of identity: On the functions and uses of ritual},
  author={J. Koster},
  journal={Journal of Historical Pragmatics},
  year={2003},
  volume={4},
  pages={211-248}
}
  • J. Koster
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Historical Pragmatics
The theory of ritual presented in this article is based on the notion of “territory.” Ritual performance encompasses a set of techniques to affect the identity of participants: away from individuality and by communal demarcation of a symbolic territorial model in space or time. The form of ritual is seen as autonomous, i.e. as relatively independent of meaning. As a set of identity-affecting techniques, the elements of ritual can be integrated into both religious and secular settings. There is… Expand
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