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Ritual View

A theoretical construct developed within the framework of communications theory, the ritual view concept, was primarily developed by James W. Carey (1934–2006) whose work distinguishes between the view of communication as ritual and the view of communication as the transmission of information. The ritual view emphasizes the power of communication in the construction and maintenance of a sense of community. This idea is consentaneous with the literature coming from the field of ritual studies.

As a focus of attention in diverse disciplines, rituals can be understood as events or occasions considered to be special and holding symbolic meanings shared among the participants who thereby feel interconnected. Nowadays, although some observers have advocated for the abandonment of ritual, others recognize its persistence as a powerful tool for ...

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