Dramas, Fields and Metaphors
Symbolic Action in Human Society
By (author) Victor Turner
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Dramas, Fields and Metaphors by Victor Turner
Book DescriptionIn 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801491511
(250mm x 160mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 31-Oct-1975
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Victor Turner
Image and Pilgrimage in Christian Culture, Paperback (November 2011)
Originally published: 1978, in series: Lectures on the history of religions; new ser., no. 11. With new introd.
Schism and Continuity in an African Society, Paperback (August 1996)
This is a "social drama" study, which focuses on the village life of the Ndembu of Zambia who were then under British rule. The social constraints, such as the matrilineally-inherited headmanship system, and the releases from these constraints, provoked crises which caused disruption and pain.
Revelation and Divination in Ndembu Ritual, Paperback (September 1975)» View all books by Victor Turner
The core of this book is a complete description of two important Ndembu rituals of affliction (Chihamba and Kayong'u), and an analysis of the system of ideas underlying more than a dozen modes of divination.
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