This text attributes several significances and functions to social rite and its construction inside group. Certainly, these have a social value in maintaining and keep cohesive group, but also they can stimulate new experiences, not already known and coherent.
Author poses three different notions of social rite and he compares them to other three opposed notions. First of all, (a) the containing function and creative of social rite inside group, contrasting to ceremony, which makes rite’s structure more formalized. Then, (b) notion of rite is viewed as a shared dreaming’s narrative rite. Finally, (c) social rite is prospected as a construction of contents, and of shared contents, and prospected as opposed to the static and destructive valences of ritual.