Ritual and Democracy - Protests, Publics and Performances - Sarah M. Pike

Ritual and Democracy - Protests, Publics and Performances - Sarah M. Pike


Ritual and Democracy - Protests, Publics and Performances - Sarah M. Pike

Sarah M. Pike [+-]
California State University, Chico
Sarah M. Pike is Professor of Comparative Religion and Chair of the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at California State University, Chico. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary Paganism, ritual, the New Age movement, the primitive skills movement, the Burning Man festival, spiritual dance, environmental activism, the ancestral skills movement, and youth culture. Her most recent book is For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism (University of California Press, 2017), an ethnographic study of radical environmental and animal rights activism, ritual, and youth culture.
Jone Salomonsen [+-]
University of Oslo
Jone Salomonsen is professor of Theology on the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo. She is the Project Manager for the Norwegian Research Council funded project “Reassembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource.” Her teaching areas include contemporary religion, method, ritual studies, constructive theology and feminist theory.
Paul-Francois Tremlett [+-]
Open University
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Paul-François Tremlett is a senior lecturer in religious studies at the Open University. His research interests include classical and contemporary anthropological and sociological theories of religion and the broad constitution of religion as a site of study in societies experiencing rapid social change. He is the author of Towards a New Theory of Religion and Social Change: Sovereignties and Disruptions (Bloomsbury 2021) and co-edited Ritual and Democracy: Protests, Publics and Performances (Equinox, 2020). He also co-edits the Bloomsbury Series ‘Religion, Space and Place’.


This transdisciplinary and theoretically innovative edited volume contains seven original, research-led chapters that explore complex intersections of ritual and democracy in a wide range of contemporary, cultural and geographic contexts. The volume emerged out of a workshop held at the Open University in London in 2015, organized as part of the international research project, ‘Reassembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource’ (REDO) funded by the Norwegian Research Council and led by Jone Salomonsen. The chapters document entanglements of the religious and the secular in political assembly and iconoclastic protest, of affect and belonging in pilgrimage and church ritual and politics and identity in performances of self and culture. Across the essays emerges a conception of ritual less as scripts for generating stability than as improvisational spaces and as catalysts for change.

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Pike, Sarah; Salomonsen, Jone; Tremlett, Paul-Francois. Introduction. Ritual and Democracy - Protests, Publics and Performances. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-8 Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781799758. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39687. Date accessed: 19 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39687. Sep 2020

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