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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Dominic Mitchell marked it as to-read Nov 21, Edie’s work compels us to wonder what is missed through such academic socialization.

Benjamin added it Mar 15, The stories come to life and pull the reader into the same eternal experience over and over. Lily Jamaludin marked it as to-read Nov 19, 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.

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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. In this domain Edie’s life work is a beacon of inspirational light.


Frederico marked it as to-read Feb 04, Stella Chen marked it as to-read Feb 07, In the first paragraph of this book, Edie deftly tackled the unenviable task of defining something as elusive as communitas, a silent and sudden sense of social bonding. Then the book shows exactly how we align ourselves to recognize communitas in action. Sonora marked it as to-read Jan 10, Emmy Martina rated it really liked it Mar 30, This evocative collection aims to discover instances of communitas in their immense variety.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy by Edith Turner

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. The ethnographies and collection of stories held within its pages are organized topically to demonstrate various opportunities for the shared collective joy of Communitas.

Entrooppi rated it liked it May 16, As teachers and writers many of us are hesitant to take thematic or representational risks. Alan marked it as to-read Sep 25, Witnessing that curing ceremony Edie wrote about being able to see For me her most important ideas are found in her final book Communitas: Here Edie tapped into jpy extraordinarily significant: Kim added it Dec 27, McKinley Benson marked it as to-read Dec 07, Peace marked it as to-read Jun 25, Collectve shows how communitas is a driving force in history anthropllogy it operates personally, in religion, in revolution, in all domains of human life.


Heading from familiar situations embedded in the texture of everyday life Turner enumerates narratives of connectedness in carnivals and festivals Ch. Rodrigo Barbosa marked it comunitas to-read Aug 20, Open Preview See a Problem? Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

In Edie Turner returned to Zambia in South Central Africa to continue the ethnographic research she had shared with her husband, the late Victor Turner, one of the great anthropologists of the 20th century.

Indeed, Edie Turner’s celebration of social life guides us to a place that has deepened our professional and personal well-being-in-the world. Then we can make discoveries.

The spiritual extraction of what the Ndembu call Ihambaa dead hunter’s tooth, healed the Ndembu patient. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

In many ways the first four chapters are the most convincing of the book.