Edited By Hans-Georg Soeffner and Dariuš Zifonun
In situations of change, individuals as well as social groups mobilize rituals to reaffirm a sense of identity. Usually thinking of rituals as fixed sets of symbolic behaviour, handed down through generations, migration forces a fresh look at rituals: that they are open to change and adjustment as well as means of social transformation. The authors show the challenge of the transformation of symbolic behaviour for those who experience spatial and social change. They emphasise that ritual change is also common when cultures become intercultural.
“But it could make sense to search for theories that do more justice to the facts than the optimistic-critical traditional ways of thought within our discipline – justice to those facts with which society constructs itself.”2
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