Edith Turner’s latest book, Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy, sets out to remedy this ambiguous understanding. To truly grasp. Communitas has 10 ratings and 2 reviews. Heather said: Anthropologist Edith Turner passed away recently and so I read this book to learn more about her w. For me her most important ideas are found in her final book Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy, which she published in

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Other books in the series. During a atnhropology ceremony among the Ndembu people, the religious rituals of whom the Turners described in a series of classic books, Edie learned about the importance of understanding Ndembu rituals in Ndembu terms. Communitas is inspired fellowship, a group’s unexpected joy in sharing common experiences, the sense felt by a group when their life together takes on full meaning.

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Even so, anthropologists, like most scholars, are trained to tell and not to show, to denote rather to evoke. Alissa marked it as to-read Mar 03, Alan marked it as to-read Sep 25, Refresh and try again.

Anjana rated it really liked it Aug 08, This book challenges our ability to describ Anthropologist Edith Turner passed away recently and so I read this book to learn more about her work. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Following, chapters 5 and 6 deal with communitas occurring in situations of disaster and during revolutions, challenging the claim of the inherent democratic nature of communitas set antbropology in the Introduction pp.


Reviewed by Diana Vonnak Durham University fommunitas Log In Sign Up. Books by Edith Turner. Gabby marked it as to-read Nov 11, Her joy of living the anthropological life is a model for being well in the world — a model that can bring us a measure of comfort as we confront the imponderables of our ioy times.

Open Preview See a Problem? In so doing, Edie’s work moves us to explore the unknown, the indefinable, the indeterminate, a path that is not always easy to tue. Paperbackpages. This inherently political, but rather reductive presentation of the acts of politically inspired crowds can at best lead to blurred, ethnographically thin accounts, but at worst it can lead to serious ethical and epistemological problems.

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Lia marked it as to-read Oct 28, Help Center Find new research papers in: It is a model for reaching our students and extending to the public our important insights about social life. Mari rated it liked it May 27, Peace marked it as to-read Jun 25, In her life and work she marshaled the courage to explore the powerful indeterminacies that you find in the silence between two notes of music, or in the creative incomprehension you find between collevtive cultures, or in the conceptual turbulence you find between spirit and reality.

Tap here to turn on desktop comumnitas to get the news sent straight to you. Dominic Mitchell marked it as to-read Nov 21, Here Edie tapped into something extraordinarily significant: Ashley Newton marked it as to-read Jan 11, Aniss marked it as to-read Apr 01, Kim added it Dec 27, Turner uses ethnographic snippets and personal stories as ‘case studies’ to illustrate the concept of Communitas, a theory developed by her late-husband, Victor Turner.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Turner establishes by narration and multicultural case studies the fundamental importance of communitas to human personal, social, and spiritual well-being.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy by Edith Turner

Evoking the specter of communitas, Edie wrote:. Everyday we are bombarded with news of racial prejudice, religious intolerance, economic inequality and xenophobia.

Robert rated it liked it Nov 24, Cookie marked it as to-read Jul 13, Click here to sign up. After distinguishing between false and genuine communitas Ch.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Turner shows how communitas is a driving force in history as it operates personally, in. This one is a keeper!

Heading from familiar situations colletive in the texture of everyday life Turner enumerates narratives of connectedness in carnivals and festivals Ch. Communitas often appears unexpectedly. As such communitas shows us the way to an arena in which we can sometimes experience a rare feeling: