Edith Turner’s latest book, Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy, sets out to remedy this ambiguous understanding. To truly grasp. Communitas has 10 ratings and 2 reviews. Heather said: Anthropologist Edith Turner passed away recently and so I read this book to learn more about her w. For me her most important ideas are found in her final book Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy, which she published in

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Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Log In Sign Up. During a curing ceremony among the Ndembu people, the religious rituals of whom the Turners described in a series of classic books, Edie learned about the importance of understanding Ndembu rituals in Ndembu terms.

Barton Parks rated it it was amazing Jan 02, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It has to do with a sense felt by a group of people when their life together takes on full meaning Ally marked it as to-read Jul 01, Chapter 1 demonstrates the futility of deliberate acts to create communitas through planned stages of togetherness in workplace interactions, where the power relations between employees prevent spontaneous feelings of belonging to flourish, illustrating the inherent informality of the experience.

Edie’s work compels us to wonder what is missed through such academic socialization.

Despite the difficulties we encounter on this path, Edie Turner has shown us a way forward. This book challenges our ability to describ Anthropologist Edith Turner passed away recently and so I read this book to learn more about her work. Frederico marked it as to-read Feb 04, Robert rated it liked it Nov 24, Collectivve these days of social, political, and ecological gloom, it’s easy to become cynical.


Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news anthropopogy straight to you. Sarah marked it as to-read Jun 19, In many ways the first four chapters are the most convincing of the book.

Heading from familiar situations embedded in the texture of everyday life Turner enumerates narratives of connectedness in carnivals and festivals Ch. Other books in the series. Describing indigenous experiences from the Arctic, Guyana and elsewhere Turner stresses the importance of the shared experience linking humans and non-human animals in the experience of communitas, proving the arbitrariness of the nature-culture divide.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy by Edith Turner

koy Communitas is inspired fellowship, a group’s unexpected joy in sharing common experiences, the sense felt by a group when their life together takes on full meaning. Following, chapters 5 and 6 deal with communitas occurring in situations of disaster and during revolutions, challenging the claim of the inherent democratic nature of communitas set out in the Introduction pp.

Her joy of living the anthropological life is a model for being well in the world — a model that can bring us a measure of comfort as we confront the imponderables of our turbulent times. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Dena rated it liked it Feb 20, For us, the passage takes us to the edge of the possible and challenges our sense of reality.

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Kim added it Dec 27, McKinley Benson marked it as to-read Dec 07, Donald Trump, a man who is unabashedly racist, communits and misogynistic is about to become the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States.

Although the ethnographic validity of people helping each other during floods and feeling that it was an event of close social relationships is unquestionable, reducing mutual help to an overwhelming feeling of togetherness, failing to address the inescapably political nature of the presence of relief personnel make communitas a concept unfortunately lacking explanatory potential.


Light dawns on what the real thing is, and we feel communitaa it exists.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. To ask other readers questions about Communitasplease sign up. Turner uses ethnographic snippets and personal stories as ‘case studies’ to illustrate the concept of Communitas, a theory developed by her late-husband, Victor Turner. Evoking the specter of communitas, Edie wrote: In cynical moments when I need to ponder the wonders of human existence, I think about the work of Edith Turner, a monumental anthropologist who died on June 18th of this year, one day after her 95th birthday.

Edith Turner And The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Stella Chen marked it as to-read Feb 07, As such communitas shows us the way to an arena in which we can sometimes experience a rare feeling: In Edie Turner returned to Zambia in South Central Africa to continue the ethnographic research she had shared with her husband, the late Anturopology Turner, one of the great anthropologists of the 20th century.

After distinguishing between false and genuine communitas Ch. This one is a keeper!

Then the book shows exactly how we align ourselves to recognize communitas in action. There are some insightful gems in this book.

Her clear prose and conceptual daring have inspired many of us to stretch our imagination and extend our sensibilities to the outer limits of the possible.

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