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Posted November 28, 2014
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).