The Mother Town: Civic Ritual, Symbol, and Experience in the Borders of Scotland

By: Kennedy Neville, Gwen

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Horses with riders trailed by foot processionals, silver bands and pipe bands, furling medieval banners, lavish costumes, and singers and actors--the "Common Riding" is an elaborate, little-studied ritual phenomenon of the border towns of Scotland. In this vividly written and insightful analysis, Gwen Kennedy Neville uses this civic ceremony as a window for glimpsing the process of ritual, symbol, and experience in the development of the concept of "the town" in Western culture.

Based on extensive fieldwork in the town of Selkirk, The Mother Town looks at the Common Riding in detail, uncovering pre-Reformation symbolism and pageantry--often medieval and Catholic--in a region that has been Protestant for over four hundred years. Neville shows how the ceremony is a model of the way civic ritual serves to construct a system of towns which gives rise to the modern world. Further, she contends that these civic rituals create a ceremonial setting in which the contradictions between tradition and modernity can be temporarily resolved and where past and present live side by side.

Neville offers a provocative and illuminating study of how the ritual of Common Riding makes a dramatic statement about local strife, communal independence, and Protestantism in the towns of the Scottish Borders.

Title: The Mother Town: Civic Ritual, Symbol, and Experience in the Borders of Scotland

Author Name: Kennedy Neville, Gwen

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 1994-05-12

ISBN Number: 0195090322

ISBN Number 13: 9780195090321

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Used: Good

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: SKU11130623