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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When I discuss Edie’s life work, I don’t think about reviews, or critiques, or citations. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Is there space for wonder? Indeed, Edie Turner’s celebration of social life guides us to a place that has deepened our professional and personal well-being-in-the world. It’s a study of hope and well-being through community and shared joy.

In so doing, Edie’s work moves us to explore the unknown, the indefinable, the indeterminate, a path that is not always easy to follow. Evoking the specter of communitas, Edie wrote:.

Edith Turner And The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Ally marked it as to-read Jul 01, Thanks for telling us about the problem. We’ve all felt it at some moment or another and will enjoy it again as you read of other instances. Help Center Find new tje papers in: No trivia or quizzes yet. Orestis Geo added it Jul 08, Light dawns on what the real thing is, and we feel lucky it exists.

For us, the passage takes us to the edge of the possible and challenges our sense anthfopology reality. Although the ethnographic validity of people helping each other during 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.


Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy

After distinguishing between false and genuine communitas Ch. As such communitas shows us the way to an arena in which we can sometimes experience a rare feeling: The ethnographies and collection of stories held within its pages are organized topically to demonstrate various opportunities for the shared collective joy of Communitas. Donald Trump, a man who is unabashedly racist, homophobic and misogynistic is about to become the Republican Party’s nominee for Comkunitas of the United States.

Marjoke is currently reading it Sep 16, Alan marked it as to-read Sep 25, Open Preview See a Problem? Communitas often appears unexpectedly. The characteristics of communitas show it to be almost beyond strict definition, with almost endless variations.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy by Edith Turner

Peace marked it as to-read Jun 25, This book challenges our ability to describ Anthropologist Edith Turner passed away recently and so I read this book to learn more about her work. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Skip to main content. Following, chapters 5 and 6 deal with communitas occurring jo situations of disaster and during revolutions, challenging the claim of the inherent democratic nature of communitas set out in the Introduction pp.

Apart from expressing the presence of communitas 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.


Sonora marked it as to-read Jan 10, Her clear prose and conceptual daring have inspired many of us to stretch our imagination and extend our sensibilities to the outer limits of the possible. The Anthropology of Collective Joy. Contemporary Anthropology of Religion.

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Then the book shows exactly how we cimmunitas ourselves to recognize communitas in action. Contemporary Anthropology of Religion 1 – 10 of 23 books. The Anthropology of Collective Joywhich she published in when she was in her early nineties.

Lily Jamaludin marked it as to-read Nov 19, Erasmus marked it as to-read Apr 17, Stephanie Berbec marked it as to-read Jan 30, In the end, Edie’s notion of collective joy is a tonic for contemporary social life. This book challenges our ability to describe our world through scientific means — or, at times, even through words.

This one is a keeper!

Sarah marked it as to-read Jun 19, It communotas grounded in lived events, and may occur as the climax to a process that takes people from violence to shared intimate transcendence.

I LOVE this book!

Emmy Martina rated it really liked it Mar 30, How do we discuss ongoing problems that threaten to shred the global social commuitas and bring widespread social, political and economic chaos.