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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Lists with Anthgopology Book. Skip to main content. Then the book shows exactly how we align ourselves to recognize communitas in action. Alissa marked it as to-read Mar 03, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy

There is something about narrative that can convey to readers the mystery of the ineffable or the wonder of, as Edie would put it, collective joy. Although the ethnographic validity of people helping each other communotas 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.

Edie’s work compels us to wonder what is missed through such academic socialization. This evocative collection aims to discover instances of communitas in their immense variety. Paperbackpages. To ask other readers questions about Communitas thhe, please sign up.

Emily added it Jul 16, Preview — Communitas by Edith Turner. The ethnographies and collection of anthroology held within its pages are organized topically to demonstrate various opportunities for the shared collective joy of Communitas.

Mari rated it liked it May 27, Open Preview See a Problem? The stories of communitas that Edie recounted in her writing not only defined a place of togetherness but also the nebulous space between things. The stories come to life and pull the reader into the same eternal experience over and over. No trivia or quizzes yet. Goodreads helps collectve keep track of books you want to read. Apart from expressing the presence of thw in a situation of ruptured social cohesion, the account cannot shed light to either the nuances of cooperation or the role of communitas in the practicalities of disaster relief.


Alan marked it as to-read Sep 25, After distinguishing between false and genuine communitas Ch.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy by Edith Turner

In her life and work she marshaled the anthrpoology to explore the powerful indeterminacies that you find in the silence between two notes of music, or in the creative incomprehension you find between two cultures, or in the conceptual turbulence you find between spirit and reality.

Chapter 1 demonstrates the futility of znthropology 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.

The spiritual commmunitas of what the Ndembu call Ihambaa dead hunter’s tooth, healed the Ndembu patient. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Aniss marked it as to-read Apr 01, This one is a keeper!

Edith Turner And The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Evoking the specter of communitas, Edie wrote:. Dominic Mitchell marked it as to-read Nov 21, Despite the difficulties we encounter on this path, Edie Turner has shown us a way forward. Even if you aren’t an anthropologist, reading the world famous Edie Turner’s latest book is a true communitws. Though a colourful, enjoyable collection of evocative narratives, the methodological or conceptual points — if any — made in the book lapse into limitless accumulation of examples, missing definitions and an overtly romantic humanism.

The Anthropology of Collective Joywhich she published in when she was in her early nineties. It has to do with a sense felt by a group of people when their life together takes on full meaning Even so, anthropologists, like most scholars, are trained to tell and not to show, to denote rather to evoke.


Communitas can only be conveyed through stories She was the mother of the professor who developed my masters program. Frederico marked it as to-read Feb 04, commmunitas For us, the passage takes us to the edge of the possible and challenges our sense of reality. 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.

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In the end, Edie’s notion of collective joy is a tonic for contemporary social life. 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.

Emmy Martina rated it really liked it Mar 30, In this seminal work, Edith Turner extends the concept of communitas that Victor Turner developed nearly four decades ago.

Turner establishes by narration and multicultural case studies the fundamental importance of communitas to human personal, social, and spiritual well-being. We’ve all felt it at some moment or another and will enjoy it again as xnthropology read of other instances. 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.

Refresh commmunitas try again. Click here to sign up. Karen Radcliff marked it as to-read Jun 13, In this domain Edie’s life work is a beacon of inspirational light. Turner shows how communitas is a driving force in history as it operates personally, in.

The characteristics of communitas show it to be almost beyond strict definition, with almost endless variations. Rodrigo Barbosa marked it as to-read Aug 20,