Ritual, Media, and Conflict

ISBN : 9780199735549

Ronald L. Grimes; Ute Husken; Udo Simon; Eric Venbrux
320 Pages
157 x 231 mm
Pub date
May 2011
Oxford Ritual Studies
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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 essays emerged from a two-year project based on collaboration between the Faculty of Religious Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the Ritual Dynamics Collaborative Research Center at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Here, an interdisciplinary team of twenty-four scholars locates, describes, and explores cases in which media-driven rituals or ritually saturated media instigate, disseminate, or escalate conflict. Each chapter, built around global and local examples of ritualized, mediatized conflict, is multi-authored. The book's central question is: "When ritual and media interact (either by the mediatizing of ritual or by the ritualizing of media), how do the patterns of conflict change?"


1 Ritual, Media, and Conflict: An Introduction
Ronald L. Grimes
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, Thomas Widlok
6 Contested Rituals in Virtual Worlds
Simone Heidbrink, Nadja Miczek, Kerstin Radde-Antweiler
7 Media on the Ritual Battlefield
Ignace de Haes, Ute Husken, and Paul van der Velde
8 What's at Stake in Torture?
Werner Binder, Tom F. Driver, and Barry Stephenson
9 Refracting Ritual: An Upside-down Perspective on Ritual, Media and Conflict
Michael Houseman

About the author: 

Ronald L. Grimes: Chair of Ritual Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen; Ute Husken Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oslo; Udo Simon Research Associate, Islamic Studies, University of Heidelberg; Eric Venbrux Professor of Anthropology, Radboud University Nijmegen

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