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Turner, Victor W. (Victor Witter) 1920-1983

Works: 224 works in 854 publications in 3 languages and 18,511 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  Case studies 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: GN473, 306.484
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The ritual process: structure and anti-structure by Victor W Turner ( Book )
93 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure, Victor Turner examines rituals of the Ndembu in Zambia and develops his concept of "Communitas," which in the meantime has become famous. He characterizes it as an absolute inter-human relation beyond any form of structure. The Ritual Process has acquired the status of a small classic since these lectures were first published in 1969. Turner demonstrates how the analysis of ritual behavior and symbolism may be used as a key to understanding social structure and processes. He extends Van Gennep's notion of the "liminal phase" of rites of passage to a more general level, and applies it to gain understanding of a wide range of social phenomena. Once thought to be the "vestigial" organs of social conservatism, rituals are now seen as arenas in which social change may emerge and be absorbed into social practice. As Roger Abrahams writes in his foreword to the revised edition: "Turner argued from specific field data. His special eloquence resided in his ability to lay open a sub-Saharan African system of belief and practice in terms that took the reader beyond the exotic features of the group among whom he carried out his fieldwork, translating his experience into the terms of contemporary Western perceptions. Reflecting Turner's range of intellectual interests, the book emerged as an exceptional and eccentric in many ways: yet it achieved its place within the intellectual world because it so successfully synthesized continental theory with the practices of ethnographic reports." -- Publisher description
Image and pilgrimage in Christian culture : anthropological perspectives by Victor W Turner ( Book )
34 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published in 1978 and hailed as ""an important foreshadowing of issues that have become prominent in more recent anthropology,"" this classic work examines the theological doctrines, popular notions, and corresponding symbols and images promoting and sustaining Christian pilgrimage. The text examines two major aspects of pilgrimage practice: the significance of context, or the theological conditions that give rise to pilgrimage and the folk traditions that enable worshippers to absorb the meaning of the event; and the images and symbols that embody the experience of pilgrimage and t
The forest of symbols : aspects of Ndembu ritual by Victor W Turner ( Book )
54 editions published between 1967 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dramas, fields, and metaphors; symbolic action in human society by Victor W Turner ( Book )
39 editions published between 1974 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Political anthropology by Marc J Swartz ( Book )
19 editions published between 1966 and 2006 in English and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From ritual to theatre : the human seriousness of play by Victor W Turner ( Book )
21 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and held by 977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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."--Back cover
The drums of affliction: a study of religious processes among the Ndembu of Zambia by Victor W Turner ( Book )
29 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Celebration, studies in festivity and ritual ( Book )
13 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and held by 842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes material on ceremonial masks, Western Ashkenazic torah binders, Canela initiation festivals, potlatch ceremonies, Chamula carnivals, early 19th-century Protestant radicals, Penitentes, fiestas, and Juneteenth
Schism and continuity in an African society; a study of Ndembu village life by Victor W Turner ( Book )
38 editions published between 1957 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Between theater & anthropology by Richard Schechner ( Book )
7 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For over two decades Richard Schechner has written about the theater in a manner which ignores the dreary convention of drama as literature and which instead draws attention to the physical fact of live performance. In his recent book, Between Theater and Anthropology, Schechner considers live events or aspects of live events which fall outside common Euro-American definitions of dramatic performance and theater. He broadens the idea of 'performance' to include a wide range of social, ritual, and media activities: East Indian ritual dancing, trance-inducing spiritual song, stories on the Six O'clock News, S/M parlors and sideshows, and numerous other paratheatrical events - scripted and un-scripted, ritual and aesthetic, domestic and exotic. The seven essays included in Between Theater and Anthropology do not build upon each other in a progressive fashion: instead they individually explore unorthodox performance modes proposed in the introductory chapter. This first chapter illuminates 'Points of Contact' between the studies of theater and anthropology. Theater people can help anthropologists identify what to look for in a training or performance situation; and anthropologists can help theater people see performances within the context of specific social systems
The anthropology of performance by Victor W Turner ( Book )
26 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Revelation and divination in Ndembu ritual by Victor W Turner ( Book )
11 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Anthropology of experience ( Book )
10 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Fourteen authors, including many of the best-known scholars in the field, explore how people actually experience their culture and how those experiences are expressed in forms as varied as narrative, literary work, theater, carnival, ritual, reminiscence, and life review. Their studies will be of special interest for anyone working in anthropological theory, symbolic anthropology, and contemporary social and cultural anthropology, and useful as well for other social scientists, folklorists, literary theorists, and philosophers."--Back cover
On the edge of the bush : anthropology as experience by Victor W Turner ( Book )
5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Blazing the trail : way marks in the exploration of symbols by Victor W Turner ( Book )
8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Victor Turner (1920-1983) stands as one of the leading anthropologists of the twentieth century, known especially for his work on the process of ritual. This new collection of Turner's writings gathers seven late pieces that reflect his thoughts on such subjects as pilgrimage, sacrifice, and liminal processes. In them he reveals his debt to Freud, his views on morality, and always his fascination with ritual. Representative of Turner's mature scholarship, these essays will be of interest to scholars in literature, mythology, and religion. With its emphasis on symbolic studies, Blazing the Trail serves as a companion volume to the earlier collection of Turner's essays On the Edge of the Bush (Arizona, 1986), which focused on process and performance. The present collection includes a biographical and critical essay by Edith Turner
The Lozi peoples of north-western Rhodesia by Victor W Turner ( Book )
21 editions published between 1952 and 1979 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Chihamba, the white spirit : a ritual drama of the Ndembu by Victor W Turner ( Book )
13 editions published between 1962 and 1969 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ndembu divination : its symbolism & techniques by Victor W Turner ( Book )
16 editions published between 1961 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Das Ritual : Struktur und Anti-Struktur by Victor W Turner ( Book )
8 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in German and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Process, performance, and pilgrimage : a study in comparative symbology by Victor W Turner ( Book )
5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Tena, Weikeduo 1920-1983
Tèrner, V.
Tėrner, V. 1920-1983
Tėrner, V. (Viktor), 1920-1983
Tèrner, Viktor.
Tėrner, Viktor 1920-1983
Turner, V.
Turner, V. W.
Turner, V.W. 1920-1983
Turner, V. W. (Victor Witter)
Turner, V. W. (Victor Witter), 1920-1983
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Turner, Victor V. (Victor Witter), 1920-1983
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Turner, Victor W. 1920-1983
Turner, Victor W. (Victor Witter)
Turner Victor Witter
Weikeduo Tena 1920-1983
Witter Turner, Victor 1920-1983
Тэрнер, В 1920-1983
Тэрнер, В. (Виктор), 1920-1983
Тэрнер, Виктор 1920-1983
טרנר, ויקטור
טרנר, ויקטור 1920-1983
ターナー, ヴィクター
ターナー, ヴィクター・W
特纳, 维克多 1920-1983
维克多·特纳 1920-1983
维克多特纳 1920-1983
English (485)
German (14)
Italian (3)