9780202011905

The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure

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  • ISBN13:

    9780202011905

  • ISBN10:

    0202011909

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-12-31
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Victor Turner here examines the rituals of the Ndembu in Zambia and develops his concept of Communitas,” which he characterizes as an absolute inter-human relation beyond any form of structure. The Ritual Process has acquired the status of a small classic since first published in 1969. Turner demonstrates how the analysis of ritual behavior and symbolism may be used as a key to understanding social structure and processes. He extends Van Gennep’s notion of the liminal phase” of rites of passage to a more general level, and applies it to gain understanding of a wide range of social phenomena.

Table of Contents

Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death
1(44)
Paradoxes of Twinship in Ndembu Ritual
44(50)
Liminality and Communitas
94(37)
Communitas: Model and Process
131(35)
Humility and Hierarchy: The Liminality of Status Elevation and Reversal
166(38)
Bibliography 204(5)
Index 209

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