Performing the nuclear ceremony: the arms race as a ritual
This article examines the nuclear arms race as ritualized behavior and evaluates characteristics of ritual to comprehend the dynamics of the arms race. Following a review of the literature and statements of those participating in, conducting, examining, and opposing the arms race, the authors find the analogy of the ritual appropriate. They find that rituals (1) provide solutions to problems, especially those involving difficult situations and uncontrollable forces, (2) are rooted in experience, (3) identify evil and mark boundaries, and (4) reify social processes and reinforce social structure. The authors do not criticize the ritual process per se, but develop a critical perspective on the ritualization of the the arms race. They conclude by raising questions stemming from an analysis of ritual and by suggesting areas for further research. (Reprinted by permission of the publisher.)
Publication Name: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science
Subject: Social sciences
Becoming none but tradesmen: lies, deception and psychotic patients
Deceptions can have deleterious effects on patients, and so doctors must be careful when hiding information from patients. However, in some psychotic and old age patients, deception is permissible since the patients' ability to make decisions about their life is compromised by illness. Cases where deception is beneficial to the patients are also discussed.
Publication Name: Journal of Medical Ethics
Subject: Philosophy and religion
Neglected Pioneer: E. J. Moeran (1894-1950)
Ernest John Moeran (1894-1950) was one of the pupils of the Sir Charles Stanford and a composer who had a collection of traditional songs. Inspite of his collections, his contribution in this field was unfairly neglected.
Publication Name: Folk Music Journal
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