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This front matter section of the book titled Discourse in Ritual Studies contains the table of contents and introduction. The book comprises three parts that invite the reader to take a closer look at the theoretical, empirical and hermeneutic aspects of the action approach to ritual studies. The first part outlines a variety of theories of ritual action. The second part of the book deals with perspectives of empirical theological research into rites and ritual. The third part comprises hermeneutic reflection on some normative core issues in ritual studies.

Keywords: empirical theological research; ritual action; ritual studies



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