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By Don Handelman

Ritual is among the so much mentioned cultural practices, but its remedy in anthropological phrases has been heavily constrained, characterised through a bunch of slender conceptual differences. One significant cause of this case has been the superiority of positivist anthropologies that experience seen and summarized ritual events in the beginning by way of their declared and assumed capabilities. against this, this ebook, which has develop into a vintage, investigates them as epistemological phenomena of their personal correct. evaluating public occasions — a site along with ritual and comparable events — the writer argues that any public occasion needs to first be comprehended during the common sense of its layout. it's the common sense of association of an party which establishes in huge degree what that celebration is ready to do in terms of the realm during which it's created and practiced.

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The more encompassing systemic organization of bureaucracy co-opts and makes over the smaller systemics of contests and games. In this universal bureaucratization of the world (Rizzi 1985), Weber's iron cage of bureaucracy now imprisons athletes and spectators within the sport spectacle that is systemically self-surveilling. Surveillance and spectacle are joined, synthesized and integrated through media and measurement technology, within systems organized according to bureaucratic logic. Who can see the difference of one one-hundredth of a second between athletes racing the same course?

Were I to rewrite chapter 9 (over a decade after), I would have to add Holocaust Remembrance Day (the first in the series of these three National Days) more fully to the analysis. The implicit contest is located in the question of which Day (or Days) is more significant than the others. The calendrical sequence (Holocaust Remembrance Day, Remembrance Day, Independence Day), which in official terms is also a sequence of increasing value, does not impair individuals and families from giving greater value and feeling to Days or sequences of Days that have lesser value in official terms.

The obsession with the measurement of exact difference; with the exact repetition of sameness; with the control of virtually every and all movement, large and small; with the fragmentation of the body in motion into categories of form that are added up to constitute a total and totally determined performance - all these together increasingly dominate modern sport. These are the aesthetics of the practice of the ruledness of rules - the aesthetics of bureaucratic logic - that saturate athletics today, and that are continually communicated to the many millions upon millions who follow the endless panoply of media-mediated sports spectacles.

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