To those still accustomed to seeing social order depicted in classes, strata, central groups, or institutions, and who measure and classify the social world according to centers and margins, modern society presents itself as ambiguous and unmanageable. This is not unprecedented. Human societies often discover themselves in situations in which the traditional grids of order and stratification lose their value and fail to serve as guideposts for individuals.
In The Order of Rituals, Hans-Georg Soeffner aims to answer the question: Through what efforts of order and orientation are loosely organized societies like ours held together? Soeffner focuses on symbolic forms of self-presentation that bring focus and clarity to our lives, such as emblems, fashions, styles, and symbols. As these replace old orders of classes or strata, there is a further consequence. Economically, culturally, and ethnically mixed societies not only return to specific visible forms of presentation, but also present themselves and their worldviews as a public stage of life-styles, attitudes, and demeanor.
Soeffner asserts that society preserves certain continuously handed-down forms of action and ritual as specific symbolic forms over a long period of time. The Order of Rituals describes these symbols and routines of everyday life in fascinating detail, coupled with thoughtful analysis. Sociologists, anthropologists, and philosophers will all benefit immensely from this book.
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05 February 2018
Prologue1. Lutherï¿½From the Collectivity of Faith to a Lutheran-Protestant Type of Individuality2. Style and Stylization: Punk, or the Superelevation of Everyday Life3. Rituals of Anti-Ritualismï¿½Materials for the Non-Everyday4. Flying Moles (Pigeon-BreedingMiners in the Ruhr District)5. The Staging of Societyï¿½Voting as Leisure-Time Activity6. Borrowed Charismaï¿½Populist Stagings Bibliography Name Index Subject Index