Rite out of place. Ritual, media, and the arts

Rite out of place. Ritual, media, and the arts 270 Book Reviews / Journal of Empirical Th eology 20 (2007) 263-285 Grimes, R.L. (2006). Rite out of place. Ritual, media, and the arts. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-530145-5 Ritual seems to have a fixed place in religious contexts, the political realm and public man- ifestations. Scholars like Jonathan Z. Smith have argued that the essence of ritual is ‘to take place’. Ronald Grimes, a leading scholar of ritual, takes another view: ritual can occur in very different places and sometimes is even ‘out of place’, that is elsewhere than we expect it to be. In this collection of essays Grimes highlights these ‘out of place’ rites: “ritual hawked on television, ritual shot on film, ritual in the classroom and ritual in the wild” (IX). Th e book offers three important perspectives. Th e first is the role of media where ritual is concerned. Th e second perspective is how ritual is learnt and how it can be taught, and the third is the role ritual can play in relation to environmental concerns. Th ese perspec- tives are explored by means of what Grimes calls consultative research. He is a scholar who is involved http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Empirical Theology Brill

Rite out of place. Ritual, media, and the arts

Journal of Empirical Theology, Volume 20 (2): 270 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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270 Book Reviews / Journal of Empirical Th eology 20 (2007) 263-285 Grimes, R.L. (2006). Rite out of place. Ritual, media, and the arts. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-530145-5 Ritual seems to have a fixed place in religious contexts, the political realm and public man- ifestations. Scholars like Jonathan Z. Smith have argued that the essence of ritual is ‘to take place’. Ronald Grimes, a leading scholar of ritual, takes another view: ritual can occur in very different places and sometimes is even ‘out of place’, that is elsewhere than we expect it to be. In this collection of essays Grimes highlights these ‘out of place’ rites: “ritual hawked on television, ritual shot on film, ritual in the classroom and ritual in the wild” (IX). Th e book offers three important perspectives. Th e first is the role of media where ritual is concerned. Th e second perspective is how ritual is learnt and how it can be taught, and the third is the role ritual can play in relation to environmental concerns. Th ese perspec- tives are explored by means of what Grimes calls consultative research. He is a scholar who is involved

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