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Technology and Family rituals

Foto Carbajo-N˙˝ez MartÝn , Technology and Family rituals, in The Key to Forming Good Habits Is to Make Them Part of Your 'Rituals'. Ritual and Celebration in Family and in Broader Societal Contexts, a cura di PAWLIK Jacek J. - PIWOWARCZYK Darius J., collana Anthropos, Special Issue, 3, Ed. Academia, Baden-Baden, 2023 , 187-203.

Abstract: This paper in book -ISSN: 978-3-98572-084-2 (print), 978-3-98572-085-9 (ePDF)- studies the influence that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are having on family life and on its rituals. The social model of the family has evolved, but rituals keep being an important part of its internal dynamism. Thanks to rituals, family members build the symbolic structure that gives them cohesion and a horizon of meaning.

Two case studies are presented to see how families perceive the influence of ICTs and regulate their use. In the first case, some testimonies from families on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela are examined. The second case is focused on daily dinner. The paper underlines the need to use ICTs wisely so that family rituals continue to fulfill their social function and family communication keeps being integral, empathetic, harmonious, an expression of closeness and encounter.

The book contains proceedings of the online conference conducted on May 12-13, 2022 and organized by the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Allenstein), Poland. The conference concerned multiple forms of ritual behavior practiced in various cultural, historical, and societal contexts, including "ghost marriage" in Taiwan; jeroky ñembo’e of the Paraguayan Guarani; rites surrounding the childbirth on Flores, Indonesia; family-related rituals in Cameroon; Ancient Roman forms of commemoration of departed ancestors; Catholic rituals as a form of "disciplining" in the colonial context of German Togo.

With contributions by Piotr Adamek | Martín Carbajo-Núñez | Henryk Gąska | Vinsensius Adi Gunawan | Louis Mbuyeh Ngeh | Jacek J. Pawlik | Maria Piechocka-Kłos | Darius J. Piwowarczyk | Jarosław Różański | Zbigniew Wesołowski.

Keywords: Rituals, Family, ICT, The Way to Santiago, Dinner.


1. The family and its rituals
1.1. Definition and social function of family rituals
1.2. The integrating role of family rituals
1.3. A new social context
1.4. The rites of the Church enter the family home

2. ICT and family life
2.1. The risks of the commercial logic that drives ICTs
2.2. ICTs can support rituals and relationships

3. Two case studies
3.1. Families on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
3.1.1. The pilgrimage with technological fasting
3.1.2. The use of ICTs to enhance and widen the pilgrimage experience
3.2. ICTs during family meals
3.2.1. Food and its rituals
3.2.2. The use of ICTs during meals


Parole chiave: Rituals, Family, ICT, The Way to Santiago, Dinner

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