ERIC Number: ED444440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
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Rituals, Ceremonies, and Cultural Meaning in Higher Education. Critical Studies in Education and Culture Series.
This book examines the commonplace rituals and ceremonies that play a central role in college and university culture; it examines how people build, learn, and transform culture in ways that create meaning and give definition to existence. Qualitative research on four campuses over 10 years investigated: why colleges persist with rituals and ceremonies; what meaning community members derive from rituals; how rituals evolve, endure, and recreate themselves; and what drives people to become emotionally linked with rituals. The study examined the role rituals play as students, administrators, and faculty make sense of college; what occurs during rituals; overt and covert meanings conveyed during rituals; participant interpretations; how conveyed messages about colleges are interpreted by students, alumni, and administrators; and how rituals perpetuate traditional college purposes, goals, and values. The 15 chapters include: (1) "The Rituals of Higher Education"; (2) "Presidential Inauguration"; (3) "Rites of Passage: Structuralism"; (4) "Charter Day"; (5) "Secular Ceremony: Action, Order, and Evocation"; (6) "Second Semester Convocation"; (7) "Structure, Communitas, and Liminality"; (8) Baccalaureate"; (9) "Cultural Performances: Rehearsals and Informality"; (10) "Junior Show"; (11); "Messages, Meanings, and Root Paradigms"; (12) "Mary Lyon's Birthday Celebration"; (13) "Old Traditions in New Places: The Oxymoron of 'New' Rituals"; (14) "Alumnae Parade and Laurel Chain"; and (15) "Constructivist Inquiry and Higher Education Rituals." (Contains 135 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Alumni, Anthropology, Awards, Ceremonies, College Presidents, Constructivism (Learning), Cultural Activities, Educational Research, Folk Culture, Graduation, Higher Education, Inquiry, Metaphors, Nonformal Education, Participant Observation, School Culture, Social Science Research
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