Ritual, Media, and Conflict

Paperback | April 6, 2011

byRonald L. Grimes, Ute Husken, Udo Simon

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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 interdisciplinaryteam 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 centralquestion 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?"

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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 ...

Ronald L. Grimes is Chair of Ritual Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen and is Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University. Ute Husken is Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Oslo. Udo Simon is Research Associate, Islamic Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Eric Venbrux is Professor of Anthropology at Radboud Univer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Ronald L. Grimes: Ritual, Media, and Conflict: An Introduction2. Fletcher DuBois, Erik de Maaker, Karin Polit, and Marianne Riphagen: From Ritual Ground to Stage3. Anna-Karina Hermkens and Eric Venbrux: Insurgents and Icons4. Robert Langer, Thomas Quartier, Udo Simon, Jan Snoek, and Gerard Wiegers: Ritual as a Source of Conflict5. Marga Altena, Catrien Notermans, Thomas Widlok: Place, Action, and Community in Internet Rituals6. Simone Heidbrink, Nadja Miczek, Kerstin Radde-Antweiler: Contested Rituals in Virtual Worlds7. Ignace de Haes, Ute Husken, and Paul van der Velde: Media on the Ritual Battlefield8. Werner Binder, Tom F. Driver, and Barry Stephenson: What's at Stake in Torture?9. Michael Houseman: Refracting Ritual: An Upside-down Perspective on Ritual, Media and Conflict