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.

chapter 1|14 pages

Understanding Rituals in Everyday Life

Sociology and Structural Ritualization Theory

chapter 2|26 pages

Analysis of Ritual Dynamics

chapter 4|34 pages

Strategic Ritualization and Power

Nazi Germany, the Orange Order, and Native Americans
ByJ. David Knottnerus, Jean Van Delinder, Jennifer Edwards

chapter 5|26 pages

Disruption and Deritualization

Concentration Camp Internment and the Breakdown of Social Order
ByFrédérique Van de Poel-Knottnerus, J. David Knottnerus

chapter 6|22 pages

Ritual as a Missing Link Within Sociology

Current and Future Research

chapter 7|16 pages

Social and Personal Life

Applications and Implications