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Dramas, Fields and Metaphors: Symbolic Action in Human Society [Paperback]

Victor Turner

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Oct. 31 1975 Symbol, Myth, & Ritual
In this book, Victor Turner is concerned with various kinds of social actions and how they relate to, and come to acquire meaning through, metaphors and paradigms in their actors' minds; how in certain circumstances new forms, new metaphors, new paradigms are generated. To describe and clarify these processes, he ranges widely in history and geography: from ancient society through the medieval period to modern revolutions, and over India, Africa, Europe, China, and Meso-America.Two chapters, which illustrate religious paradigms and political action, explore in detail the confrontation between Henry II and Thomas Becket and between Hidalgo, the Mexican liberator, and his former friends. Other essays deal with long-term religious processes, such as the Christian pilgrimage in Europe and the emergence of anti-caste movements in India. Finally, he directs his attention to other social phenomena such as transitional and marginal groups, hippies, and dissident religious sects, showing that in the very process of dying they give rise to new forms of social structure or revitalized versions of the old order.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1st Printing edition (Oct. 31 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801491517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801491511
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #400,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this chapter I shall trace some of the influences that led to the formulation of concepts I developed in the course of my anthropological field work and to consider how they may be used in the analysis of ritual symbols. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Essays in Symbolic Anthropology May 29 2005
By Justin P. Mihalick - Published on Amazon.com
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The role of culture in human societies is explored through a combination of empirical research and the nimble mind and imaginative powers of the late Victor Turner. This collection will prove especially useful to students of comparative religion, social/cultural anthropology, literature, performance, and the visual arts. Turner's essays are far from dry. They thrill with their ability to combine close observations of the "exotic" beliefs of non-Western peoples and cutting edge insights into more familiar cultural dimensions of everyday life in western Europe and the United States.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dramas, Fields and Metaphors Sept. 26 2007
By Pedro da S. Santos - Published on Amazon.com
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One of more important anthropologists from Twenth Century. Turner look for understood the "ritual" in its much perspectives. This book have a series of articles referring to this theme.

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