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Ritual, Politics, and Power Paperback – September 19, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0300043624 ISBN-10: 0300043627

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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 19, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300043627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300043624
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kertzer (anthropology, Bowdoin) credibly argues that political symbols manifested through rites explain much of the political life of modern nations, contrary to the usual rational, utilitarian, and interest-group explanations. He argues that rituals are not merely meaningful to the poorly educatedelites use rituals to support the existing order and revolutionaries use them to replace it. He provides numerous examples from primitive and modern societies (including the United States). The book will appeal to many political scientists and general readers. Although well documented, it avoids much of the vocabulary of academe. Recommended for academic and public libraries. David Steiniche, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
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This is an interesting study in how leaders use ritual (parades, celebrations, etc.) as a means to portray, maintain, and ammeliorate power. Kertzer's book should be required reading for students of political science and history.
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