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Ritual Dynamics: Mayor Making in Early Modern Norwich


Ezzy, D and Easthope, G and Morgan, V, Ritual Dynamics: Mayor Making in Early Modern Norwich, Journal of Historical Sociology, 22, (3) pp. 396-419. ISSN 0952-1909 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-6443.2009.01355.x


Through a detailed analysis of a Guild Day ceremony in early modern England we demonstrate that liminal points in this ritual are interrelated to form a "pattern" or "dance" of liminal pulsations. We argue it is the felt necessity, on the part of participants, to complete that pattern that provides a dynamic to any ritual event. It impels participants to continue the ritual to its conclusion and leads them to resist any interference with the "flow" of the ritual. "Flow", we assert, is thus both an interior state of participants and an exterior social characteristic of a ritual. It is created by the structuring of liminal points in a ritual, the liminal pulsations, but it achieves its dynamic by affecting the interior states of participants so that they feel impelled to "close off" the ritual and complete it. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
UTAS Author:Easthope, G (Dr Gary Easthope)
ID Code:58114
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2009-09-07
Last Modified:2012-11-30
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