Response to Symposium on Awkward Rituals

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Dana Logan Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina (UNC) Greensboro Greensboro, NC USA

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In this response to the symposium on Awkward Rituals, Logan responds to questions such as “do her subjects know that they are awkward?” “are awkward rituals effective?” “is this a theoretical or a historical intervention?” and “what is the role of American exceptionalism in this argument?” In response to these questions the author looks towards a future of ritual studies in which we might take seriously the limits of a scholars’ temporal and geographical boundaries while also building new genealogies of ritual as a category of analysis and practice grounded in historical exchanges.

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