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  1. Anonymity and the rise of universal occasions for religious ritual: an extension of the durkheimian theoryReeves, Edward B. - Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1992 - 1 Hypotheses

    This article describes the rise of abstracted religious beliefs in larger, more anonymous societies and investigates whether societal density and differentiation have had similar effects on ritual. The authors suggest that the universalization of ritual is due in part to interrelated effects of population size, political hierarchy, economic division of labor, and monetary exchange, all factors that create anonymity in society.

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  2. Social density and public ritual in non-industrial communities: a cross-cultural analysisReeves, Edward B. - The Sociological Quarterly, 1989 - 2 Hypotheses

    This article empirically tests the Durkheimian theory that different types of rites and the elaboration of public rituals are associated with social density. Analysis indicates that social density is negatively associated with the occurrence of crisis rites and positively associated with the occurrence of calendrical rites and ritual elaboration. Additional findings suggest that social density is a better predictor of ritual activity than political hierarchy or the division of labor.

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