Towards a Theory of Scapegoating, Catharsis and Narrative Closure
The idea of scapegoating as a social ritual is introduced here, discussing the work of Girard, Douglas, Cohen and other key theorists to develop a theory that emphasizes the role of mythology, catharsis and narrative closure in that mechanism, as well as the wider context of moral panic and ‘sublime’ disarray.
KeywordsScapegoating Ritual Catharsis Narrative closure Girard
Book and Journal Article
- Girard, René, I See Satan Fall Like Lightening. Forward by Williams, James G., 1999; reprinted. New York, NY: Orbis Books, 2001.Google Scholar