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Sociology and Liturgy : Re-presentations of the Holy - Kieran Flanagan

Sociology and Liturgy

Re-presentations of the Holy

Hardcover Published: 2nd October 1991
ISBN: 9780333550793
Number Of Pages: 411

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This is a study of the social construction and the impression management of the public forms of worship of Catholicism and Anglicanism. Interest centres on the dilemmas of the liturgical actors in handling a transaction riddled with ambiguities and potential misunderstandings. Simmel, Berger and Goffman are used in an original manner to understand these rites which pose as much of a problem for sociology as for their practitioners. These rites are treated as forms of play and hermeneutics is linked to a negative theology to understand their performative basis. The study is an effort to link sociology to theology in a way that serves to focus on an issue of social praxis.

Preface - Introduction - Sociology and Theology: a Career in Misunderstanding - Liturgical Theology: Some Sociological Implications - Sociological Understandings of Liturgy: Some Aspects - Angels and Surplices: appearing as holy becoming - Simulation and Dissimulation: Self-revealing Paradoxes - Holy and Unholy Rites: Lies and Mistakes in Liturgy - Sacred and profane Abasements: the Management of Esteem - Altar Servers and Waiters: serving in Worlds apart - Liturgy as Ritual: Playing on Social Limits - Action, Symbol, Text: Hermeneutics and Sociology - Apophatic Liturgy: Re-presenting the Absent in Rite - Conclusion - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333550793
ISBN-10: 033355079X
Series: Re-Presentations of the Holy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 411
Published: 2nd October 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1