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date: 23 September 2018

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Ritual, with its expressive, performative, symbolic, and rational dimensions, has always been assumed to be a key element in the dynamic of transmission and reproduction of religion. This article illustrates how it builds and consolidates the Quaker community. It reviews most of the more influential theories of ‘ritual’, presenting the case of British Quaker meeting for worship. The article notes that it is an opportunity to focus on a contemporary Christian ‘ritual’, a form which has received relatively little attention from either sociologists or anthropologists. In this instance, it holds the ethnographic case constant and varies the theory.

Keywords: symbolism, Quaker community, Christian ritual, British Quaker

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