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The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure (Foundations of Human Behavior)

 
 
 
 
The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure (Foundations of Human Behavior)
Author: Victor W. Turner
ISBN 13: 9780202011905
ISBN 10: 202011909
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication Date: 1995-12-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 213
List Price: $25.95
 
 


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.