From Ritual to Theatre : The Human Seriousness of Play / Edition 1

From Ritual to Theatre : The Human Seriousness of Play / Edition 1

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by Victor Turner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0933826176

ISBN-13: 9780933826175

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group


How is social action related to aesthetics, and anthropology to theatre? What is the meaning of such concepts as "work," "play, "liminal," and "flow"? In this highly influential book, Turner elaborates on ritual and theatre, persona and individual, role-playing and performing, taking examples from American, European, and African societies for a greater

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How is social action related to aesthetics, and anthropology to theatre? What is the meaning of such concepts as "work," "play, "liminal," and "flow"? In this highly influential book, Turner elaborates on ritual and theatre, persona and individual, role-playing and performing, taking examples from American, European, and African societies for a greater understanding of culture and its symbols.

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ISBN-13:
9780933826175
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Performance Studies Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,249,970
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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From Ritual to Theatre : The Human Seriousness of Play 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CharlesWhitehead More than 1 year ago
Victor Turner's book - From Ritual to Theatre: The Human Seriousness of Play - is in my view one of the most important works of anthropology published in the 20th century, and I made it the major set book in my anthropology teaching. It is also his most mature work - published in the year before he died. It gives a better explanation than most of how human societies work, and in particular is an excellent corrective to a number of biases in Western social science - notably the Protestant work ethic, since it makes clear why play is more important than work (hence the subtitle). It also marks a shift from Turner's early enthusiasm for Marxian theory (people become conscious through labour) to social mirror theory (people become conscious through play and display). Charles Whitehead.