Schism and Continuity in an African Society
A Study of Ndembu Village Life
By (author) Victor Turner
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Schism and Continuity in an African Society by Victor Turner
Book DescriptionWith a new foreword by Bruce Kapferer, Professor of Anthropology, James Cook University* A reprint of the seminal anthropological work of the 1960s. Originally published by Manchester University Press.Victor Turner will be remembered as the anthropologist who developed the concept of the 'social drama', a method used extensively by anthropologists to describe and analyse the social life of a community. In essence, this technique involves analysing social crises within a community over a period of time in order to gain a better understanding of the key principles that govern the social life of the community.This book -- Turner's first 'social drama' study -- 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 various releases from these constraints, provoked periodic crises which caused great disruption and pain. These crises made visible the contradictions between the principles governing social life and the conflicts experienced between individuals and groups when enforcing these principles. Seven social dramas are discussed - all from one family over a period of twenty years -- each substantiated by sociological and demographic research.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780854962822
(216mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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.
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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Author Biography - Victor Turner
Victor Turner formerly of University of Virginia
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