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Conclusions: Ritual And Modernity

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This chapter draws on the history and descriptions of ritual events on the Putian plains provided above to develop theoretical implications for the study of ritual in general. It discusses topics such as the nature of space and time in these rituals, the multiple liturgical frameworks at play in a single ritual, and the multiple points of view that coexist within any such complex ritual event. The complexity of the experience of these ritual events calls for a new approach to issues of subjectivity and agency. The chapter discusses a micro-sociological mode of analysis to examine questions such as ritual change and ritual process in terms other than formations of identity. It concludes with a discussion of the relationship of ritual to modernity, and an overview of the implications of the rise of the &t;ritual power formation&t; in the Putian plains for the study of local history in China.

Keywords: micro-sociological mode; Putian plains; ritual event



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