Up to now, ritual has been under-utilised for studying human behaviour. This book narrows the gap in our understanding of the social causes and consequences of our actions by focusing on the ritualised behaviours that define much of our daily lives. Knottnerus breaks new ground by comprehensively describing structural ritualistic theory. He shows how structural reproduction has occurred throughout the world, how rituals can be strategically used and how power can influence rituals, and how the disruption and reconstitution of ritual is of crucial importance for human beings. This book shows that ritual provides a missing link in sociology and helps us better explain the extreme complexity of human action and social reality.
1 Understanding Rituals in Everyday Life: Sociology and Structural Ritualization Theory 2 Analysis of Ritual Dynamics 3 Structural Reproduction in the World and Throughout History 4 Strategic Ritualization and Power: Nazi Germany, the Orange Order, and Native Americans 5 Disruption and Deritualization: Concentration Camp Internment and the Breakdown of Social Order 6 Ritual as a Missing Link Within Sociology: Current and Future Research 7 Social and Personal Life: Applications and Implications