Originally published in 1974, Ritual in Industrial Society is based on several years’ research including interviews and observations into the importance of ritual in industrial society within modern Britain. The book addresses how identity and meaning for people of all occupations and social classes can be derived through rituals and provides an expansive and diverse examination of how rituals are used in society, including in birth, marriage and death. The book offers an examination into the use of symbolic action in the body to articulate experiences which words cannot adequately handle and suggests that this enables modern men and women to overcome the mind-body splits which characterise modern technological society. In addition to this, the book examines ritual as a tool for articulating and sharing religious experiences, a point often overlooked by more intellectual approaches to religion in sociology. In addition to this, the book covers an exploration into ritual in social groups and how this is used to develop a sense of belonging among members. The book will be of interest to sociologists as well as academics of religion and theology, social workers and psychotherapists.

chapter |3 pages


chapter Chapter One|16 pages

‘Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone’

chapter Chapter Two|25 pages

Towards a Sociology of Ritual Action

chapter Chapter Three|13 pages

Ritual: Civic and Religious

chapter Chapter Four|25 pages

Religious Ritual in the Church of England

chapter Chapter Five|20 pages

Nationalism and Civic Ritual

chapter Chapter Six|29 pages

Life-cycle Rituals

chapter Chapter Seven|24 pages

Aesthetic Ritual

chapter Chapter Eight|18 pages

Ritual, Social Change and Counter-Culture