Ritual and Its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity

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Adam B. Seligman is Professor of Religion and Research Associate at the Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University. His books include The Idea of Civil Society; Inner-worldly Individualism; The Problem of Trust; Modernity’s Wager: Authority, the Self and Transcendence; with Mark Lichbach, Market and Community; and Modest Claims: Dialogues and Essays on Tolerance and Tradition. He is Director of the International Summer School on Religion and Public Life, which leads seminars every year on contested aspects of religion and the public square in different parts of the world. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife and two daughters.

Robert P. Weller is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Boston University and Research Associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs there. He earned his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and has since written numerous books and articles on Chinese political, social, and cultural change, often with a focus on the relations between religion and civic life. His most recent books include Discovering Nature: Globalization and Environmental Culture in China and Taiwan, an edited volume called Civil Life, Globalization, and Political Change in Asia: Organizing between Family and State, and Alternate Civilities: Chinese Culture and the Prospects for Democracy.

Michael Puett is Professor of Chinese History and Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xiii
  • About the Authors xv
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Ritual and the Subjunctive 17
  • 2 - Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Boundaries 43
  • 3 - Ritual, Play, and Boundaries 69
  • 4 - Ritual and Sincerity 103
  • 5 - Movements of Ritual and Sincerity 131
  • Afterword 179
  • Notes 183
  • References 199
  • Index 213
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