Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions

2013 Edition
| Editors: Anne L. C. Runehov, Lluis Oviedo

Liminality

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8265-8_200330

Arnold van Gennep was the first to recognize the existence of the phenomenon liminality in the making of a person within the African cultural world. He used the construct of liminality to refer to the idea of a self in the condition of a transition between. He therefore used the concept to designate the experience of most African youth, inhabiting a world in between the state of “no longer” and that of “not yet.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Applied Human SciencesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburgSouth Africa