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The Craft of Ritual Studies

Ronald L. Grimes


This book lays out a method for studying ritual, then illustrates it with a case study, and finally eventuates in a theory of ritual. Part I provides orientation by laying out the basics of ritual studies field research: participant observation, interviewing, and videography. Part II, a study of the Santa Fe Fiesta, utilizes original, online videos, coupling them with a history of the fiesta's predecessors. Part III theorizes ritual by considering its definitions, cultural locations, elements, and dynamics. The three parts—method, case, and theory—play off each other in a way that is circular ... More

Keywords: ritual, ritual studies, theory, method, craft, art, science, fieldwork, videography, ethnography

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195301427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald L. Grimes, author
Wilfrid Laurier University

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