From Ritual to Theatre : The Human Seriousness of Play

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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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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: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Performance Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,132,033
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

    Victor Turner's book - From Ritual to Theatre: The Human Serious

    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.

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