Christoph Wulf

Ritual and Identity: The staging and performing of rituals in the lives of young people – Christoph Wulf – 2010


Our ethnographic study shows how social relationships are formed in performative processes of rituals and ritualizations. In this sense, the focus is on the dramaturgy and organization of ritual interactions and their effects, on scenic-mimetic expressivity, on the performance and staging character, and on the practical knowledge of social action. Four central socialization fields of performative ritual action are analyzed: the living environment of the family, transitions in everyday school life, games children play at recess and media stagings of peer groups. Ritual action is also defined as practical mimetic knowledge, and the city is characterized as performative space.

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