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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Gabby communitxs it as to-read Nov 11, For me her most important ideas are found in her final book Communitas: There are some insightful gems in this book. It is grounded in lived events, and may occur as the climax to a process that takes people from violence to shared intimate transcendence.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Help Center Find new research papers in: Jacob Buchholz marked it as to-read Aug 29, 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.


The last two chapters return to less politically connotated themes, nature and rites of passage. Then the book shows exactly how we align ourselves to recognize communitas in action.

Again, methodological and epistemological explanations are lacking, but the ethnographic material is rich and diverse, making the chapter 8 more convincing than the previously presented ones. This inherently political, but rather reductive presentation of the acts of politically inspired crowds can at best lead to blurred, ethnographically thin accounts, but at worst it can lead to serious ethical and epistemological problems.

Alissa marked it as to-read Mar 03, Edie’s work compels us to wonder what is missed through such academic socialization. In these days of social, political, and ecological gloom, it’s easy to become cynical.

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Many of them appear to be unaware of the economic and social consequences of their vote. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jul 21, Heather G rated it liked it. Contemporary Anthropology of Religion 1 – 10 of 23 books.

She was the mother of the professor who developed my masters program. As teachers and writers many of us are hesitant to take thematic or representational risks. The ethnographies and collection of stories held within its pages are organized topically to demonstrate various opportunities for the shared collective joy of Communitas.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy by Edith Turner

This evocative collection aims to discover instances of communitas in their immense variety. Is there a measure of well being to be found in the world?


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This book challenges our ability to describe our world through scientific means — or, at times, even through words.

Unlike most academic work, Edie Turner’s contributions to anthropology and to humanistic scholarship provide us a framework for thinking about well-being-in-the-world. Ally marked it as to-read Jul 01, Marjoke is currently reading it Sep 16, Dominic Mitchell marked it as to-read Nov 21, Frederico marked it as to-read Feb 04, Paperbackpages.

Communitas often appears unexpectedly.

Edith Turner And The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Entrooppi rated it liked it May 16, 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. The spiritual extraction of what the Ndembu call Ihambaa dead hunter’s tooth, healed the Collecrive patient.

Evoking the specter of communitas, Edie wrote: