Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
What is a rite? Émile Durkheim, a hundred years later
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS).
2018 (English)In: Open Information Science, E-ISSN 2451-1781, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 115-126Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is focused on the anthropological concept of ritual, starting from Emile Durkheim's approach in Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse (1912). We discuss three different aspects of the Durkheimian perspective on religion and rituals: a) the sacred/profane dichotomy; b) the concept of collective representations - which establishes a substantial continuity between religious and scientific thought; c) a ‟practical” and performative interpretation of rites as the basis of social bond. During the twentieth century, these aspects have influenced different and sometimes opposing theoretical approaches (including ‟symbolist” and ‟neo-intellectualist” theories and Victor Turner's ‟anthropology of experience”). We briefly review each of them, arguing for the importance of reconsidering them into a unitary perspective, centred on religious phenomena as basically moral experiences and as the language of social relations. In the conclusions, we will show how such unitary approach helps us understand the transformations as well as the continuities of rituality in the individualized and secularized societies of what we call nowadays the Western world.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 2, no 1, p. 115-126
Keywords [en]
Rituals, Durkheim, anthropological concept of ritual, the sacred/profane dichotomy, rite
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-161789DOI: 10.1515/opis-2018-0009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-161789DiVA, id: diva2:1261275
Available from: 2018-11-06 Created: 2018-11-06 Last updated: 2018-12-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(216 kB)34 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 216 kBChecksum SHA-512
c918e0f51cadbe853c662cb4cca20a17ab1f8bdba2e16cdc0acb26710d7e80e26faaeb41cee27a6102b52cf7ff3191e4f351ab7b9c1cb7f61150986b4b124a01
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
D'Orsi, Lorenzo
By organisation
Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS)
Social Anthropology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 34 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 185 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf