Notes- thur 2-11-10

Notes- thur 2-11-10 - Comm 160 notes- Thursday 2-11-10...

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Comm 160 notes- Thursday 2-11-10 Ritual- it’s a key term with many definitions 1) Everyday exercise of something- it’s traditional -situated in sacred and secular (mundane, regular) -sacred- ex: marriage -secular: connected to norms of society- they act as higher power 3 ideals of rituals: 1) Communal: shared among people 2) Traditional: grounded in history 3) Rooted in belief of higher power a. Ex: Streaking through library: communal because involves many people, traditional and response to norm 5 Characteristics of ritual; 1) Formalistic: in terms of how formal someone is within given context 2) Traditional: grounded in history 3) Invariance: happens in same way over and over 4) Rule governance: governed by rules- ritual has rules that must be followed otherwise it is no longer a ritual 5) Sacral symbolism: appealing to a higher power (sometimes manifested in material object) a. Ex: American flag represents nationalism -things become something special through ritual -every ritual has the same five characteristics (which are listed above)
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