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Watergate as Democratic Ritual

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Meanings of Social Life

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160840
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944156 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160840.003.0019
Watergate as Democratic Ritual

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This chapter considers the Watergate Scandal in the U.S. as a democratic ritual. It examines the how and why of the perception of Watergate and explains how it became a moral symbol. It describes what must happen for an entire society to experience fundamental crisis and ritual renewal.

Keywords: Watergate Scandal; U.S.; democratic ritual; moral symbol; society; fundamental crisis; ritual renewal

Chapter.  10475 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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