The Process of Ritual: a Twenty-Year Survey of Literature Page: 2
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Emmett, Gloria J., The process of ritual: A twenty-
year survey of literature. Master of Science (Psychology),
August, 1998, 120 pp., 8 tables, 14 figures, references, 83
Use of the term "ritual" in PsycLit from 1975-1995 was
examined through an archival study. Abstracts identified as
including any form of the term were coded for valence,
target population, study type, and differential area of
interest. Valence was predominantly positive, consistent
across time, with a growing negative trend. Interest in
ritual has increased. Key elements of adaptive ritual were
identified as recurrence across time, shared symbolism and
volitional participation. A Dynamic Process of Ritual is
proposed which includes the individual, society, and chaos
in a fluctuating relationship, all operating within an
additional dimension of a continuum of ritualization in
which the individual's position is determined by personal
and societal complexity and individual response to crisis.
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Emmett, Gloria J. The Process of Ritual: a Twenty-Year Survey of Literature, thesis, August 1998; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc279261/m1/2/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .