Media on the Ritual Battlefield

Ignace de Haes, Ute Hüsken and Paul van der Velde

in Ritual, Media, and Conflict

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735235
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895175 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series

Media on the Ritual Battlefield

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This chapter is built around two examples, the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad on April 9, 2003, and the protests by monks and laity against the junta in Myanmar (or Burma) during September 2007. The chapter argues that in times of national or international conflict, ritual and media are tools wielded to ensure that the dominant political and religious discourse will be embraced by the majority of a country’s population. In investigating ritual’s use in violent situations, and by studying the role of mass media, the chapter demonstrates that rituals bring about social cohesion not only through inclusion but also through exclusion.

Keywords: ritual; media; conflict; Iraq; Myanmar; violence

Chapter.  15566 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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