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Ritual, Media, and Conflict

Ronald L. Grimes, Ute Husken, Udo Simon, and Eric Venbrux


Although conflict is a normal aspect of human life, mass media technologies are changing the dynamics of conflict and shaping strategies for deploying rituals. Rituals can provoke or escalate conflict; they can also mediate it. Media representations have long been instrumental in establishing, maintaining, and challenging political and economic power, as well as in determining the nature of religious practice. This collection of chapters emerged from a two-year project based on collaboration between the Faculty of Religious Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the Ritu ... More

Keywords: ritual, media, conflict, political power, economic power, religious practice

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ronald L. Grimes, editor
Radboud University Nijmegen

Ute Husken, editor
Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oslo
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Udo Simon, editor
Research Associate, University of Heidelberg

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2 From Ritual Ground to Stage

Fletcher DuBois, Erik de Maaker, Karin Polit, and Marianne Riphagen

3 Insurgents and Icons

Anna-Karina Hermkens, and Eric Venbrux

4 Ritual as a Source of Conflict

Robert Langer, Thomas Quartier, Udo Simon, Jan Snoek, and Gerard Wiegers

5 Place, Action, and Community in Internet Rituals

Marga Altena, Catrien Notermans, and Thomas Widlok

6 Contested Rituals in Virtual Worlds

Simone Heidbrink, Nadja Miczek, and Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

7 Media on the Ritual Battlefield

Ignace de Haes, Ute Hüsken, and Paul van der Velde

8 What’s at Stake in Torture?

Werner Binder, Tom F. Driver, and Barry Stephenson

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