The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure
Transaction Publishers, 31/12/2011 - 213 páginas
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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Turner never hesitated to compare the metaphoric power and complexity of the
ritual apparatus and practices of ... Geertz asserted the primacy of literary style of
textual analysis, reading cultural practice over the shoulders of the participants.
Where van Gennep and his contemporaries Weber and Durkheim had sought to
organize all of cultural practice superorganically, making global generalizations,
Turner argued from specific field data. His special eloquence resided in its ability
... conflicting types, denying to them any preterhuman origin; but none of them
has denied the extreme importance of religious beliefs and practices, for both the
maintenance and radical transformation of human social and psychical structures
Kaonde, the Lamba, and the Ila, although they practice much ritual, appear to
have had fewer distinct kinds of rites, a lessexuberant symbolism, and no boys'
circumcision ceremonies; and their diverse religious practices are less closely ...
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This is one of Turner's earlier works. It is a collection of lectures and therefore less dense than other works. It is primarily a development of van Gennep's theory of liminality in rites of passage ... Ler crítica na íntegra