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The Anthropology of Collective Joy

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Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Edith Turner
    Pages 1-11
  3. Edith Turner
    Pages 23-42
  4. Edith Turner
    Pages 43-54
  5. Edith Turner
    Pages 73-84
  6. Edith Turner
    Pages 111-141
  7. Edith Turner
    Pages 143-165
  8. Edith Turner
    Pages 197-218
  9. Edith Turner
    Pages 219-223
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 225-258

About this book


Communitas is inspired fellowship; a group's pleasure in sharing common experiences; being 'in the zone' - as in music, sport, and work; the sense felt by a group when their life together takes on full meaning. The experience of communitas, almost beyond strict definition and with almost endless variations, often appears unexpectedly.


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About the authors

Edith Turner is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Virginia, USA, specializing in the study of ritual, religion, and consciousness. She has been researching the field of symbol/ritual for nearly 60 years - formerly in collaboration with her husband, renowned anthropologist Victor Turner - and has conducted fieldwork in Zambia, Northern Alaska, rural Ireland, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. She was editor in chief of the journal, A+nthropology and Humanism , and is author of Heart of Lightness: The Life of an Anthropologist (2006), Among the Healers: Stories of Spiritual and Ritual Healing around the World (2005), and a contributor to Shamanism: A Reader (2003).

Bibliographic information


"A monument to the serial careers of a remarkable anthropological couple." Barbara Tedlock, professor of Anthropology, SUNY Buffalo

"Just suppose someone did know just exactly what community is, and how to resolve its complexities by revealing the communitas behind it, that would be Edie Turner, and this book would be the way she does it, for once and for all, and this time for real." Roy Wagner, professor of Anthropology, University of Virginia