Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance

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Upon the 25th anniversary of his passing, this collection addresses the wide application of Victor Turner’s thought to cultural performance in the early 21st century. From anthropology, sociology, and religious studies to performance, cultural, and media studies, Turner’s ideas have had a prodigious interdisciplinary impact. Examining his relevance in studies of performance and popular culture, media, and religion, along with the role of Edith Turner in the Turnerian project, contributors explore how these ideas have been re-engaged, renovated, and repurposed in studies of contemporary cultural performance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845454623
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/18/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham St John is a Research Associate at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland and recent Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Graham has published widely in the fields of anthropology, cultural, youth, and religious studies. He edited Rave Culture and Religion (Routledge, 2004), and authored Global Trance Culture: Religion, Technology and Psytrance (Blackwell, forthcoming).

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Table of Contents

Victor Turner and Contemporary Cultural Performance: An Introduction Graham St. John St. John, Graham

1 Toward a Unified Theory of Cultural Performance: A Reconstructive Introduction to Victor Turner J. Lowell Lewis Lewis, J. Lowell 41

2 The Ritualization of Performance (Studies) Jan Maxwell Maxwell, Jan 59

3 Performing "Sorry Business": Reconciliation and Redressive Action Michael Cohen Cohen, Michael Paul Dwyer Dwyer, Paul Laura Ginters Ginters, Laura

4 Liminality in Media Studies: From Everyday Life to Media Events Mihai Coman Coman, Mihai 94

5 Social Drama in a Mediatized World: The Racist Murder of Stephen Lawrence Simon Cottle Cottle, Simon 109

6 Modern Sports: Liminal Ritual or Liminoid Leisure? Sharon Rowe Rowe, Sharon 127

7 Trance Tribes a nd Dance Vibes : Victor Turner and Electronic Dance Music Culture Graham St. John St. John, Graham 149

8 Backpacking as a Contemporary Rite of Passage: Victor Turner and Youth Travel Practices Amie Matthews Matthews, Amie 174

9 Walking to Hill End with Victor Turner: A Theater-Making Immersion Event Gerard Boland Boland, Gerard 190

10 Of Ordeals and Operas: Reflexive Ritualizing at the Burning Man Festival Lee Gilmore Gilmore, Lee 211

11 "Shopping For A Self': Pilgrimage, Identity-Formation, and Retail Therapy Carole M. Cusack Cusack, Carole M. Justine Digance Digance, Justine 227

12 Turner Meets Gandhi: Pilgrimage, Ritual and the Diffusion of Nonviolent Direct Action Sean Scalmer Scalmer, Sean 242

13 Dramas, Fields, and "Appropriate Education":The Ritual Process, Contestation, and Cornrnunitas for Parents of Special-Needs Children Margi Nowak Nowak, Margi 258

14 AnInterview with Edith Turner Matthew Engelke Engelke, Matthew 275

15 Woman/women in "the Discourse of Man"; Edie Turner and Victor Turner's Language of the Feminine Barbara A. Babcock Babcock, Barbara A. 297

16 Faith and Social Science: Contrasting Victor and Edith Turner's Analyses of Spiritual Realities Douglas Ezzy Ezzy, Douglas 309

17 Challenging the Boundaries of Experience, Performance, and Consciousness; Edith Turner's Contributions to the Turnerian Project Jill Dubisch Dubisch, Jill 324

Select Bibliography 344

Index 351

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