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Abstract

Ritual education has become an important social approach to disciplining individuals and constructing value identity because of its unique attributes and its capacity to reshape individual behaviors and values through ritual practice. Only by properly grasping the internal logic of the construction of value identity through ritual education can we accurately identify problems arising from ritual education and put forward practical countermeasures and suggestions accordingly. Through the “eight etiquette rules and four ceremonies” campaign and the national memorial ceremony for the Nanjing Massacre victims, Jiangsu has accumulated rich experience in ritual education. Still, in theory, there remain misconceptions; in practice, old problems persist, such as the preference of form to content and lack of refinement and effective use of ritual symbols. The solution to these problems must be based on a thorough understanding of the internal logic of the construction of value identity through ritual education. It is also necessary to further improve ritual space, ritual practices, ritual symbols, and ritual themes to develop an exemplary Jiangsu approach to ritual education in China.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.19873/j.cnki.2096-0212.2022.03.005

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