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Collective Effervescence and Communitas: Processual Models of Ritual and Society in Emile Durkheim and Victor Turner

Collective Effervescence and Communitas: Processual Models of Ritual and Society in Emile... The author delineates a previously unnoticed equivalency betweenEmile Durkheim's concept of collective effervescence andVictor Turner's communitas. The processual model of ritualand society contained within Durkheim's The Elementary Formsof Religious Life, similar to the one later developed by Turner,is then outlined. Durkheim's and Turner's models are compared,including their emphases on the alienating nature of social structure,and the necessity of a dialectical tension between it and collectiveeffervescence/communitas. Finally, the models are considered in lightof recent scholarship in transpersonal anthropology and the anthropologyof consciousness. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dialectical Anthropology Springer Journals

Collective Effervescence and Communitas: Processual Models of Ritual and Society in Emile Durkheim and Victor Turner

Dialectical Anthropology , Volume 26 (2) – Oct 9, 2004

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Social Sciences; Anthropology
ISSN
0304-4092
eISSN
1573-0786
DOI
10.1023/A:1020447706406
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Abstract

The author delineates a previously unnoticed equivalency betweenEmile Durkheim's concept of collective effervescence andVictor Turner's communitas. The processual model of ritualand society contained within Durkheim's The Elementary Formsof Religious Life, similar to the one later developed by Turner,is then outlined. Durkheim's and Turner's models are compared,including their emphases on the alienating nature of social structure,and the necessity of a dialectical tension between it and collectiveeffervescence/communitas. Finally, the models are considered in lightof recent scholarship in transpersonal anthropology and the anthropologyof consciousness.

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Dialectical AnthropologySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 9, 2004

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