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The Rites of Rulers : Ritual in Industrial Society - the Soviet Case - Christel Lane

The Rites of Rulers

Ritual in Industrial Society - the Soviet Case

Paperback Published: 17th August 1981
ISBN: 9780521283472
Number Of Pages: 320

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Although considerable attention has been paid to those cultural revolutions which result in fundamental social upheavals, the less spectacular silent cultural revolutions which leave the existing social structure intact, focusing instead on the behavioural dimension of ideology, have been neglected. In this book, which was originally published in 1981, Christel Lane examines such a silent revolution, exploring the ways in which it was achieved in the Soviet society of the time through the instrument of ritual. Dr Lane argues that ritual in the Soviet Union serves as a means of rendering sacred the existing social and political order; and her comparison of Soviet ritual with the rituals of other societies highlights the way in which ritual mirrors both the problematic social relations of society and political leaders' major concerns. This book will interest sociologists of religion, anthropologists, political sociologists, and Soviet studies.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements and abbreviations
The Theory and Organisation of Ritual
Ritual and related concepts
Ritual in Soviet society: a theoretical analysis
The beliefs and ritual of Soviet Marxism-Leninism as political religion
The organisation of Soviet ritual
The Nature of Soviet Socialist Rituals
Familial life-cycle ritual
Rituals of initiation into social or political collectives
Labour ritual
Holidays of the calendric cycle and their ritual
Ritual of the military-patriotic tradition
The mass political holidays of the revolutionary tradition: a historical review, 1918-1978
Selected Theoretical Issues in Soviet Ritual
Analysis of Soviet ritual symbolism
Syncretism in Soviet symbolism
The impact of Soviet socialist ritual
Conclusion: ritual in modern society - a comparative analysis
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ISBN: 9780521283472
ISBN-10: 0521283477
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17th August 1981
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.47

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