South Italian Festivals

A Local History of Ritual and Change

Herman Tak

South Italian Festivals
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Herman Tak

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256 pages | illustrated | 6-3/4 x 9-1/2 | © 2000
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9789053564264 Published June 2000 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
South Italian Festivals is a story and study of socio-economic changes in an Italian mountain town Calvello (Basilicata) over a five-hundred-year period; from traditional society to modernity. Instead of exploring a single festival the book studies a ritual one year cycle of local and ecclesiastical rituals. With the analysis of field research, oral history, iconography, topography, as well as archival sources, Herman Tak reveals an interplay between the structures of social life and their ritual expression. South Italian Festivals elucidates processes of ritual continuity and change by exploring the dialectic between local production, reproduction and reworking of rituals. It also analyses the structures of power underlying an interplay of internal and external forces which govern socio-economic relations.

1. Introduction: Ritual and Change
2. The Setting -- Holidays and Rituals
Part One: Dynamics of Collective Representations
3. The Dialectics of Local Religion
4. Sacral Topography
5. The Construction of a Ritual Cycle: Place, Meaning, and Time
6. Reworking Rituals
Part Two: Ritual, Power, and Change
7. Socio-Economic Change: Reactions and Expressions
8. Ritual Continuity and Change
9. Local Landscape of Class Struggle and Consensus Culture
10. Transformation and Revitalisation
11. Conclusion
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