'One nation under God': the pledge of allegiance as a ritual practice in American civil religion

 

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dc.contributor.author Wanamaker, Pamela Christine Mansir en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-20T15:40:38Z
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dc.date.issued 1988 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Wanamaker, P. 1988. 'One nation under God': the pledge of allegiance as a ritual practice in American civil religion. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15884
dc.description Bibliography: pages 103-109. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This document suggests and then illustrates a neglect in the study of American civil religious ritual. It argues that a primary carrier for American civil religion has been the public school system and that one vehicle used in the task of perpetuating the American identity has been the civil religious ritual of saying the Pledge of Allegiance which most American school children routinely perform at the start of each school day. The methodological approach used in this study of the Pledge ritual is a process analysis formulated by Ronald Grimes which combines the concern of sociology with that of history. Three key questions are dealt with: the process of change (a historical study); the social process effecting the ritual (this centers on the legal conflicts) and the processes which the ritual affect (this concentrates on grassroots responses to the ritual and the power, positive or negative, which it generates. The negative power behind the ritual is a dynamic force which has left its mark in the legislature of the country and in the attitude of the adult population towards the Pledge of Allegiance. This paper identifies and explains four motivators which underlie much of the ritual processing, namely, consensus, conflict, crisis and control. It concludes that the Pledge of Allegiance ritual is a dynamic force which reflects the growth and development of the civil-religious dimension of the American nation. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Allegiance - United States en_ZA
dc.subject.other Civil religion - United States en_ZA
dc.subject.other Education and state - United States en_ZA
dc.title 'One nation under God': the pledge of allegiance as a ritual practice in American civil religion en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Religious Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Wanamaker, P. C. M. (1988). <i>'One nation under God': the pledge of allegiance as a ritual practice in American civil religion</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15884 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Wanamaker, Pamela Christine Mansir. <i>"'One nation under God': the pledge of allegiance as a ritual practice in American civil religion."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies, 1988. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15884 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Wanamaker PCM. 'One nation under God': the pledge of allegiance as a ritual practice in American civil religion. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Religious Studies, 1988 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15884 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Wanamaker, Pamela Christine Mansir AB - This document suggests and then illustrates a neglect in the study of American civil religious ritual. It argues that a primary carrier for American civil religion has been the public school system and that one vehicle used in the task of perpetuating the American identity has been the civil religious ritual of saying the Pledge of Allegiance which most American school children routinely perform at the start of each school day. The methodological approach used in this study of the Pledge ritual is a process analysis formulated by Ronald Grimes which combines the concern of sociology with that of history. Three key questions are dealt with: the process of change (a historical study); the social process effecting the ritual (this centers on the legal conflicts) and the processes which the ritual affect (this concentrates on grassroots responses to the ritual and the power, positive or negative, which it generates. The negative power behind the ritual is a dynamic force which has left its mark in the legislature of the country and in the attitude of the adult population towards the Pledge of Allegiance. This paper identifies and explains four motivators which underlie much of the ritual processing, namely, consensus, conflict, crisis and control. It concludes that the Pledge of Allegiance ritual is a dynamic force which reflects the growth and development of the civil-religious dimension of the American nation. DA - 1988 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1988 T1 - 'One nation under God': the pledge of allegiance as a ritual practice in American civil religion TI - 'One nation under God': the pledge of allegiance as a ritual practice in American civil religion UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15884 ER - en_ZA


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