What a day for England!
The coronation of 1953
in Monarchy, religion and the state
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E. Shils and M. Young's interpretation of the 1953 coronation is one of the best-known sociological essays about twentieth-century Britain and the nature of social integration and conflict in a large and complex industrial society. R. Bocock offered an interpretation which assessed both points of view and placed the coronation more broadly in the context of other national rituals such as Remembrance Sunday. Politico-religious ritual, involving purported contact with the transcendental, as exhibited in the coronation of 1953, could thus contribute to the maintenance and sustenance of a type of social order which Shils endorsed. E. Ratcliff saw the coronation as 'distinctively English and national in its principal features' and 'a rite celebrated by the Primate of All England according to the use of the Church of England by law established'.

Monarchy, religion and the state

Civil religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth

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