Call for the special issue of Slovak Ethnology, volume 70, number 2/2022, on the topic Rituals as instruments of social regulation.

Call for the special issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 70, number 2/2022, on the topic Rituals as instruments of social regulation. The guest editors of the issue are Vladimír Bahna (Slovak Academy of Sciences, SK) and Konrad Talmont-Kaminski (University of Bialystok, PL).
Social scientists have long been studying complex relationships between collective rituals and many forms of social regulation. Durkheim speculated that collective rituals bond group members and minimize status differences. Conversely, Leach argued that rituals mirror and maintain social inequalities and hierarchies. Van Gennep focused on how rituals transform individuals’ social statuses and functionalists viewed rituals as mechanisms to redress social conflicts. Recent evolutionary and cognitive approaches view collective rituals as adaptive behaviours that promote cooperation, and study their impact upon individual prosocial behaviour. Rituals can create or maintain collective identities and represent “arenas” for displays of group commitment and adherence to social norms, among others. 

The proposed special issue invites authors to contribute to the topic by addressing some of these social aspects of ritual.

  • Ritual as an instrument of social control, enforcement of conformism, and maintenance of social order
  • Ritual articulation of social status or hierarchy
  • Ritual transmission of values and social norms
  • Ritually created or expressed collective identities
  • Ritual effects on social cohesion and conflict
  • Ritual displays of group commitment and social norm adherence
  • Ritual morphology and modes of social organization
Contributors are kindly requested to submit their abstracts and keywords to no later than November 15, 2021


The final manuscripts will be expected no later than February 28, 2022. They should be submitted through the editorial system of Slovak Ethnology.

Manuscripts should not exceed 6,250 words or 45,000 characters, including spaces, notes, and references, and should follow the journal's guidelines.

This special issue of Slovak Ethnology is thematically related to the workshop Rituals between mind and society (Nov 4-5, 2021). If you are interested in participating, please check the workshop call