The Ties That Bind Us

  title={The Ties That Bind Us},
  author={Harvey Whitehouse and Jonathan A. Lanman},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={674 - 695}
Most social scientists endorse some version of the claim that participating in collective rituals promotes social cohesion. The systematic testing and evaluation of this claim, however, has been prevented by a lack of precision regarding the nature of both “ritual” and “social cohesion” as well as a lack of integration between the theories and findings of the social and evolutionary sciences. By directly addressing these challenges, we argue that a systematic investigation and evaluation of the… 

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