Review: The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure

The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-StructureThe Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure by Victor Witter Turner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heavy going but worth persevering, I found this book which examines ritual structures from an anthropological perspective quite interesting in the end. Well worth the effort.

From the back cover:

Looking back nearly a decade after the first publication of his applications of reflexivity to the analysis of ritual behavior and symbolism. Turner wrote of this book that it “represents an attempt to free my own thought, and I hope that of others as well, from grooved dependence on ‘structure’ as the sole sociological dimension.” Social anthropologists and others came to recognize how deftly he had succeeded in establishing the centrality of such notions as “liminality” and “communitas” to domains beyond the tribal rituals that were his point of departure. In twenty-five years, The Ritual Process has become a small classic, one of the few seminal works to place on the same shelf with those of Claude Levi-Strauss and Mircea Eliade.

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