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Dramas, Fields and Metaphors: Symbolic Action in Human Society Paperback – Oct 31 1975

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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: 14 x 2.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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"In the present volume, Turner's remarkably original and wide-ranging mind examines social dramas, usually centering around religious personalities or sacred places, from medieval England to revolutionary Mexico to Zambia, in search of transitions between structure and anti-structure or 'communitas' and the symbols engendered by these processes."—Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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Victor Turner is formerly of the University of Virginia.

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HASH(0xa0b90210) out of 5 stars Masterful Essays in Symbolic Anthropology May 29 2005
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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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A classic from the finest mind of his generation. This book (along with his course in "Comparative Symbology") changed my life!
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HASH(0xa1482144) out of 5 stars Dramas, Fields and Metaphors Sept. 26 2007
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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.