The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure

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Routledge, 12 oct. 2017 - 232 pagini

In The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure, Victor Turner examines rituals of the Ndembu in Zambia and develops his now-famous concept of "Communitas." He characterizes it as an absolute inter-human relation beyond any form of structure.

The Ritual Process has acquired the status of a small classic since these lectures were 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. Once thought to be the "vestigial" organs of social conservatism, rituals are now seen as arenas in which social change may emerge and be absorbed into social practice.

As Roger Abrahams writes in his foreword to the revised edition: "Turner argued from specific field data. His special eloquence resided in his ability to lay open a sub-Saharan African system of belief and practice in terms that took the reader beyond the exotic features of the group among whom he carried out his fieldwork, translating his experience into the terms of contemporary Western perceptions. Reflecting Turner's range of intellectual interests, the book emerged as exceptional and eccentric in many ways: yet it achieved its place within the intellectual world because it so successfully synthesized continental theory with the practices of ethnographic reports."

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Roger David Abrahams was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 12, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Swarthmore College in 1955, a master's degree in literature and folklore from Columbia University in 1959, and a doctorate in literature and folklore from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. He sang with Paul Clayton and Dave Van Ronk on the Folkways album Foc'sle Songs and Shanties and later recorded his own album, Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor and Other Folk Songs, in 1962. He was an editor and writer at the folk-music magazine Caravan. He taught at the University of Texas in Austin before teaching at the University of Pennsylvania from 1985 until his retirement in 2002. He was one of the first folklorists to study the language and performance styles of black Americans as reflected in songs, proverbs, and riddles both old and new. He wrote several books including Deep Down in the Jungle: Negro Narrative Folklore from the Streets of Philadelphia; Jump-Rope Rhymes: A Dictionary; Positively Black; Talking Black; Afro-American Folk Culture: An Annotated Bibliography of Materials from North, Central and South America, and the West Indies; Counting-Out Rhymes: A Dictionary; Between the Living and the Dead: Riddles Which Tell Stories; The Man-of-Words in the West Indies: Performance and the Emergence of Creole Culture; Singing the Master: The Emergence of African-American Culture in the Plantation South; and Everyday Life: A Poetics of Vernacular Practices. With John F. Szwed, he wrote Discovering Afro-America and Blues for New Orleans: Mardi Gras and America's Creole Soul. He died on June 20, 2017 at the age of 84.

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