Beginnings in Ritual Studies lays the groundwork for the interdisciplinary study of ritual by broadening the conception of it and articulating its connections to a wide range of cultural activities. Accessible to scholars and students, Beginnings addresses such fundamental issues as definitions, types, and theories of ritual. The volume integrates field research and theory in considering ritual's relation to religious, civil, medical, and theatrical dimensions of culture. The first and second editions garnered widespread praise from the scholarly community and became a standard work in the burgeoning field of ritual studies. In this third edition, Grimes adds a new preface and revises the descriptive and theoretical essays that form the core of the volume.
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"With this third edition of a seminal work we are happily reassured that Ronald Grimes's Beginnings in Ritual Studies has not come to an end. What a useful, stimulating set of beginnings it was, and is!"
--Tom F. Driver, author, Liberating Rites
"A book worthy of the company of such great pioneers in ritual studies as Victor Turner and Mary Douglas. No one has moved through this field with such verve, imagination, and playful intelligence as Grimes."
--William G. Doty, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"A pathfinding study. Throughout his book, Grimes reveals himself to be not only one of the foremost ambassadors and patron spirits of ritual studies but also a leading exponent of ritual theory."
Ronald L. Grimes is the author of several books on ritual, most recently, The Craft of Ritual Studies. He is co-editor of the Oxford Ritual Studies Series. Grimes was most recently Visiting Professor of Ritual Studies at Charles University, Prague. Prior to that he was Senior Researcher, Senior Lecturer, and ISM Fellow at Yale University and Chair of Ritual Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Currently, he resides in Canada and is Director of Ritual Studies International and Professor Emeritus of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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