Ritual Studies have recently achieved a high level of academic interest as a growth arena with an interdisciplinary focus on a wide range of themes. Prominent theorizing has been conducted both by anthropologists and by specialists in religions studies. Topical issues have included the question of the efficacy of ritual modes of action, performance in rituals and their variability, and the place of rituals in social and political life in general. This Series is designed to provide readers with first-rate studies, ethnographically rich, and theoretically informed.
Studies in the Series have included discussions of ritual change in contemporary contexts; studies with an area focus on the revival of ritual practices and on gender relations within specific contexts, e.g. Islamic ones; the adoption of Christianity and its impacts on social and political systems; cognitive explorations in ritual studies; ritual in small-scale societies; and classic topics of sacrifice and exchange.