The American Ritual Tapestry: Social Rules and Cultural Meanings


American rituals are a vital source of American ideas and action. Fast paced, flexible, and symbolically complex, American rituals are found everywhere: Christmas celebrations to hate crimes, science fiction, funerals, Disneyland, strip dancing and religion. As the essays illustrate, these rituals are rooted in tradition yet are rapidly changing: a contradiction of hyper-modern society.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Todd J. Schroer
  • Michael R. Ball
  • Thomas C. Calhoun
  • Rhonda Fisher
  • Julie Ann Harms Cannon
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1998