248 Book Reviews / Journal of Empirical Th eology 21 (2008) 241-262 Fopp, S. (2007). Trauung — Spanningsfelder und Segensräume. Empirisch-theologischer Entwurf eines Rituals im Übergang . Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer Verlag. ISBN 978-3-17-019944-6 Th is work is based on four questions that arose from Fopp’s research. Firstly, what ambiva- lences are associated with marriage and weddings and how can participants in weddings deal with them? Secondly, how can a wedding be understood as a feast and a ritual? How does one connect the ﬁ ndings of ritual studies with theological meanings? Th irdly, can empirical studies produce gender speciﬁ c themes? In what way can a wedding be regarded as a socio-political act? And, ﬁ nally, to what extent is ‘blessing service’ a meaningful label for church weddings? What is the relation between theological concepts of blessing, the meaning of ritual and the interpretation of marriage and relationships? From this point of departure this can be seen as a study in the ﬁ eld of liturgy. Using the method of grounded theory, Fopp studies weddings as transitional rituals and a narrative process. Her work comprises both hermeneutics and empirical research. On the one hand Fopp studied theological and
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