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That being the case, I thought it only proper that I should offer an in-depth discussion of the concept—something that I have had a hard time finding on the internet. The following essay is divided into two parts: the first part, Turner and Liminality, is an academic discussion of the early work of Victor Turner and his conception of liminality, while the second part, Liminality Applied, is a more informal treatment of my own personal theory of liminality and how it applies to my own life and experiences I also discuss the trickster figure, the study of which first introduced me to the concept of liminality. You could skip straight to the second part if you are only interested in hearing my thoughts on the subject, but the second part does build on the first. For best results, I would recommend reading the whole essay.

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Sunday, March 25, Victor Turner on Liminality and communitas —Summary and Analysis Anthropologist Victor Turner made a huge contribution to anthropology by reintroducing the concept of "liminality" into the anthropological discourse.

Turner was concerned with understanding cultures on the basis of dynamism and disorder, seeing society not as a "thing" but rather as a dynamic and dialectic process. Tuner conceptualized culture as a constant struggle between structure and anti-structure.

Van Gennep described the process of shifting from one social status to another in three stages: 1. The luminal stage in which the individual is secluded from society and is under constant supervision. The reunion or post-liminal stage in which the individual is reintegrated into society with his new statues. Liminalty, in terms of social structure and time, is an intermediate state of being "in between" in which individuals are striped from their usual identity and their constituting social differences while being on the verge of personal or social transformation.

According to turner, liminality brings about a state he calls "communitas". Communitas according to Turner is a relatively structureless society which is based on relations of equality and solidarity and which is opposed to the normative social structure.

Communitas gains it meaning through the deconstruction of this normative order. The communitas is according to Turner the ultimate vision of a culture. However, liminality and communitas are usually temporary and structurally defined and limited, thus dialectically serve to reaffirm the existing social order.

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Communitas: Changes in the Liminal Space

According to dictionary. What was once a world I cherished and adored, is now turned upside down and I am on the threshold of Betwixt-and-Between-Land. A state of liminality is one where the order of things has been suspended. It is an unsettling arena where I am learning to steer my vehicle and hoping very soon to guide it towards finding my new self.

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Liminality

Sunday, March 25, Victor Turner on Liminality and communitas —Summary and Analysis Anthropologist Victor Turner made a huge contribution to anthropology by reintroducing the concept of "liminality" into the anthropological discourse. Turner was concerned with understanding cultures on the basis of dynamism and disorder, seeing society not as a "thing" but rather as a dynamic and dialectic process. Tuner conceptualized culture as a constant struggle between structure and anti-structure. Van Gennep described the process of shifting from one social status to another in three stages: 1. The luminal stage in which the individual is secluded from society and is under constant supervision. The reunion or post-liminal stage in which the individual is reintegrated into society with his new statues.

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LIMINALITY: The Threshold Betwixt and Between

However, they might not know about the concept of communitas. Walking with strangers and sharing a goal with them leads you to create special bonds. A destination, a shared path, and an unexpected affinity can be magical. Anthropologist Victor Turner studied this phenomenon. He believed that pilgrimages could be divided into different stages.

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About: What is Liminality?

It takes community to the next level and allows the whole of the community to share a common experience, usually through a rite of passage. This brings everyone onto an equal level: even if you are higher in position, you have been lower and you know what that is. Turner , Pg. Communitas as a concept used by Victor Turner in his study of ritual has been criticized by anthropologists. Paul and Percival Goodman[ edit ] Main article: Communitas book Communitas is also the title of a book published in by the 20th-century American thinker and writer Paul Goodman and his brother, Percival Goodman. Their book examines three kinds of possible societies: a society centered on consumption, a society centered on artistic and creative pursuits, and a society which maximizes human liberty.

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