Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.

Ritual Media: Historical Perspectives and Social Functions

Ritual media: Historical perspectives and social functions
PascalLardellierTranslated by PaulGrant

This chapter attempts to demonstrate how many rites and media maintain a pragmatic relationship (in the primary Austinian sense of the term), linking their symbolic, political, and institutional effects. To this extent, we can rightly evoke the “ritual media”1 forms of expression and concept, which maintain a dialectical relationship, to mix their effects in a performative manner.2

Opening a dialogue from afar with Daniel Dayan and Elihu Katz's work La Télévision Cérémonielle [Ceremonial Television], 3 we will examine the eloquent durability of ritual media, as well as the surprising ability of information techniques and social communication to ritualize their discourse and the modes of collective participation that are induced as a ...

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