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Working, moving, visiting: On the quality of everyday rituals
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies. (Etnologiska avdelningen)
2009 (English)In: Journal of Nordic Archaeological Science, ISSN 1650-1519, Vol. 16, 33-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

If rituals are by definition phenomena that are set apart from everyday routines, how are we to understand the concept of "everyday ritual"? This paper suggests that everyday rituals could be defined as instances of behaviour that are so closely connected to ordinary tasks and duties that they seem to be more like parts of these routines than contrasts to them – while, at the same time, they are discernible by formal criteria as units in their own right. This definition is tried out on three examples of activities, concerning working, moving, and visiting. It is further argued that though rituals are very interesting objects of study, they are not necessarily any more meaningful than other forms of behaviour.

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2009. Vol. 16, 33-38 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-30675OAI: diva2:273640
Available from: 2009-10-22 Created: 2009-10-21 Last updated: 2011-12-16Bibliographically approved

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