The Rites of Passage


Author: Arnold van Gennep

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136538852

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Van Gennep was the first observer of human behaviour to note that the ritual ceremonies that accompany the landmarks of human life differ only in detail from one culture to another, and that they are in essence universal. Originally published in English in 1960. This edition reprints the paperback edition of 1977.

The Rites of Passage of Jean Genet

The Art and Aesthetics of Risk Taking


Author: Gene A. Plunka

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838634615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 357

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In this book, Gene A. Plunka argues that the most important single element that solidifies all of Genet's work is the concept of metamorphosis. Genet's plays and prose demonstrate the transition from game playing to the establishment of one's identity through a state of risk taking that develops from solitude. However, risk taking per se is not as important as the rite of passage. Anthropologist Victor Turner's work in ethnography is used as a focal point for the examination of rites of passage in Genet's dramas. Rejecting society, Genet has allied himself with peripheral groups, marginal men, and outcasts--scapegoats who lack power in society. Much of their effort is spent in revolt or direct opposition in mainstream society that sees them as objects to be abused. As an outcast or marginal man, Genet solved his problem of identity through artistic creation and metamorphosis. Likewise, Genet's protagonists are outcasts searching for positive value in a society over which they have no control; they always appear to be the victims or scapegoats. As outcasts, Genet's protagonists establish their identities by first willing their actions and being proud to do so. Unfortunately, man's sense of Being is constantly undermined by society and the way individuals react to roles, norms, and values. Roles are the products of carefully defined and codified years of positively sanctioned institutional behavior. According to Genet, role playing limits individual freedom, stifles creativity, and impedes differentiation. Genet equates role playing with stagnant bourgeois society that imitates rather than invents; the latter is a word Genet often uses to urge his protagonists into a state of productive metamorphosis. Imitation versus invention is the underlying dialectic between bourgeois society and outcasts that is omnipresent in virtually all of Genet's works. Faced with rejection, poverty, oppression, and degradation, Genet's outcasts often escape their horrible predicaments by living in a world of illusion that consists of ceremony, game playing, narcissism, sexual and secret rites, or political charades. Like children, Genet's ostracized individuals play games to imitate a world that they can not enter. Essentially, the play acting becomes catharsis for an oppressed group that is otherwise confined to the lower stratum of society. Role players and outcasts who try to find an identity through cathartic game playing never realize their potential in Genet's world. Instead, Genet is interested in outcasts who immerse themselves in solitude and create their own sense of dignity free from external control. Most important, these isolated individuals may initially play games, yet they ultimately experience metamorphosis from a world of rites, charades, and rituals to a type of "sainthood" where dignity and nobility reign. The apotheosis is achieved through a distinct act of conscious revolt designed to condemn the risk taker to a degraded life of solitude totally distinct from society's norms and values.

Deeply Into the Bone

Re-Inventing Rites of Passage


Author: Ronald L. Grimes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520236750

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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"There is no other book even remotely like this. Deeply into the Bone is an exceptional, imaginative book on the topic of rites and the shaping of human life. Grimes is one of the few people who ably combines scholarly disciplines and perspectives with firsthand narratives, literary essays, films and observations of general culture. He is unquestionably a first-rate author and thinker, and this is an unquestionably magnificent book."—Lawrence Hoffman, author of Covenant of Blood "Deeply into the Bone is guaranteed to change our minds about ritual. Using a global and ethnic array of rites new and old, Grimes shows that contrary to popular belief, the ritual marking of life passages is anything but universal. By teaching us how to think comparatively we see that rites of passage are enduring rituals not for their uniformity, but because they serve as cornerstones for cultural and spiritual creativity and innovation."—Madeline Duntley, College of Wooster

Food and the Rites of Passage


Author: Laura Mason

Publisher: Prospect Books (UK)


Category: Cooking

Page: 166

View: 668

Baptism, marriage, childbirth, death: these are the milestones of life, invariably marked by a feast or comforting rituals founded on food and drink. Some of these habits flourished, then died away - think of the cups of wine passed around the gossips gathered at a lying in; others have gone on to be industries in their own right - the wedding cake, which has slowly but surely evolved from the giant flat discs of bride cake illustrated in the sensational full-colour cover of a fete in Bermondsey by Hofnagel in the seventeenth century, to the many-tiered and icing-bedaubed monuments of today. The book consists of six essays by recognised food-historians, each taking in turn one of these milestones, sometimes (but not always) with a certain north-country bias: Peter Brears writes on funerals; Dr Layinka Swinburne writes on childbirth; Laura Mason on wedding cakes; Ivan Day on old marriage customs; and Professor Tony Green on the sociology of the modern wedding celebration. There is also an overview of Irish food customs, with reference to these rites, by the well-regarded young Irish food historian, Regina Sexton.

Opening the Doors of Wonder

Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage


Author: Arthur Magida

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520941717

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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This bold, pioneering book explores rites of passage in America by sifting through the accounts of influential thinkers who experienced them. Arthur J. Magida explains the underlying theologies, evolution, and actual practice of Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, Hindu sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas and Zen jukai ceremonies. In rare interviews, renowned artists and intellectuals such as Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, holistic guru Deepak Chopra, singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), actress/comedienne Julia Sweeney, cartoonist Roz Chast, interfaith maven Huston Smith, and many more talk intimately about their religious backgrounds, the rites of passage they went through, and how these events shaped who they are today. Magida compares these coming of age ceremonies' origins and evolution, considers their ultimate meaning and purpose, and gauges how their meaning changes with individuals over time. He also examines innovative rites of passage that are now being "invented" in the United States. Passionate and lyrical, this absorbing book reveals our deep, ultimate need for coming-of-age events, especially in a society as fluid as ours. Conversations with: Bob Abernethy, Huston Smith, Julia Sweeney, Roz Chast, Harold Kushner, Ram Dass, Elie Wiesel, Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Coleman Barks, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), And others

Rites of Passage in Ancient Greece

Literature, Religion, Society


Author: Mark William Padilla

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838754184

Category: History

Page: 312

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The twelve essays in this volume of Bucknell Review treat the topic of rites of passage in ancient Greece, focusing largely on Athenian tragedy, but also Plato, the Greek novel, the festival of Anthesteria, and other topics.

The Rites of Passage for Males Manual

Just about Everything a Young Man Needs to Know about Life and Manhood


Author: D. Harold Greene

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: 9780761839422

Category: Social Science

Page: 63

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The Rites of Passage for Males Manual is a four-part manual that focuses on building critical thinking skills for young men to help them make positive life choices. The four sections are: Basic Life Skills; Self-Esteem Training; Finding My Career & Life Purpose; and Dress for Business Success. Use this manual in youth workshops, as a parent, or in other youth development training programs. Tests after each section help to ensure that the reader understands the information provided.

Passing on the rites of passage

girls' initiation rites in the context of an urban Roman Catholic community on the Zambian Copperbelt


Author: Thera Rasing

Publisher: Avebury


Category: Social Science

Page: 112

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This book aims to contribute to current debates over initiation rites in the context of the Catholic church. The amalgamation of traditional initiation rites and Catholic dogma has not been studied before by anthropologists. Initiation rites are presently performed by women's church groups, which are lay groups centered around a church. The specific ideas and practices related to these rites are the main subject of this book. An initiation rite performed by members of a women's church group located in an urban Roman Catholic community in Zambia, is described here in detail.

A Guide to Surviving a Career in Academia

Navigating the Rites of Passage


Author: Emily Lenning,Sara Brightman,Susan Caringella

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135146411

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 6959

Navigating an academic career is a complex process – to be successful requires mastering several 'rites of passage.' This comprehensive guide takes academics at all stages of their career through a journey, beginning at graduate school and ending with retirement. A Guide to Surviving a Career in Academia is written from a feminist perspective, and draws on the information offered in workshops conducted at national meetings like the American Society of Criminology and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Through the course of the book, an expert team of authors guide you through the obstacle course of finding effective mentors during graduate school, finding a job, negotiating a salary, teaching, collaborating with practitioners, successfully publishing, earning tenure and redressing denial and, finally, retirement. This collection is a must read for all academics, but especially women just beginning their careers, who face unique challenges when navigating through these age-old rites of passage.

The Rites of Passage, Second Edition


Author: Arnold Van Gennep

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780226629490

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Folklorist Arnold van Gennep's masterwork, The Rites of Passage, has been a staple of anthropological education for more than a century. First published in French in 1906, and translated into English by the University of Chicago Press in 1960, this landmark book explores how the life of an individual in any society can be understood as a succession of stages: birth, puberty, marriage, parenthood, advancement to elderhood, and, finally, death. Van Gennep's command of the ethnographic record enabled him to discern crosscultural patterns in rituals of separation, transition, and incorporation. With compelling precision, he elaborated the terms that would both define twentieth-century ritual theory and become a part of our everyday lexicon. This augmented new edition of his work demonstrates how we can still make use of its enduring critical tools to understand our own social, religious, and political worlds. Featuring an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning anthropologist and historian David I. Kertzer, this edition reminds readers just how startlingly insightful The Rites of Passage remains a century after its initial publication.

The Rites of Passage


Author: Jonathan Taylor


ISBN: 9780999533635


Page: N.A

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Jamie Goldberg suspects his homosexuality at an early age and manages to hide it from his homophobic Seventies Detroit community, his Jewish political activist parents, and even from himself until his rape, at the hands of a male prostitute, at the age of 16. Profoundly ashamed, he hides in two worlds.


Peter Huddleston & the Rites of Passage


Author: Miguel Lopez De Leon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692227268

Category: Fantasy fiction

Page: 170

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The Galadria trilogy is about Peter Huddleston, a lonely boy who discovers that he is the heir to the throne of the politically unstable realm of Galadria! Peter must complete four ancient quests to prove his worthiness to inherit the crown, before a power-hungry nobleman named Knor Shadowray takes control! Armed with his trusty boomerang, an assortment of magical chocolates, and his friendly white tiger, Rune, Peter is catapulted through dangerous and wondrous adventures in this action-packed series! Filled with grumpy, watermelon-sized ladybugs, childlike oracles, enchanted weapons, deadly spies, and a sprawling three thousand room manor, the Galadria trilogy is an exciting collection you'll cherish!

The Rites of Passage

A Brief History


Author: Edward Dorn

Publisher: N.A


Category: American fiction

Page: 155

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Her Rite of Passage

How to Design and Deliver a Rites of Passage Program for African-American Girls and Young Women


Author: Cassandra Mack

Publisher: Authors Choice Press

ISBN: 9780595470365

Category: Education

Page: 160

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Her Rite of Passage presents a complete curriculum that shows you what to do to design and carry out a successful African-centered rites program from start to finish. This guidebook will help you: understand the rites of passage process, incorporate African-centered rituals and interactive activities into your program, develop a better understanding of the social and cultural orientation of African-American girls, facilitate weekly rap sessions and plan and organize the initiation retreat and crossover ceremony.

The Rites of Passage


Author: Bruce Mincks

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450031404


Page: 117

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Skipper, an otherwise normal colt, must go through the Rites of Passage as strangely, his steps have tended to skips since birth, kind of strangely. Between his knees, his manners don't make sense for Thor, his father, and Grace, his mother, can't always be there as Skipper continues to explore the wilder ranges surrounding him now in California's Central Valley. While his own herd disdains Skipper's strange ways, still the yearling manages to make friends with its guardian dogs. The other colts his age love sports, but Skipper can't really score in his isolation. As he learns to focus on next fall's rodeo, not the summer's final scores, he finds the Central Valley isn't always fair--so how does a stallion emerge?

Liminal Dickens

Rites of Passage in His Work


Author: Valerie Kennedy,Katerina Kitsi-Mitakou

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443888905

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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Liminal Dickens is a collection of essays which cast new light on some surprisingly neglected areas of Dickenss writings: the rites of passage represented by such transitional moments and ceremonies as births and christenings, weddings and marriages, and death. Although a great deal of attention has been paid to the family in Dickenss works, relatively little has been said about his representations of these moments and ceremonies. Similarly, although there have been discussions of Dickenss religious beliefs, his views on death and dying and his ideas about the afterlife have not been analysed in any great detail. Moreover, this collection, arising from a conference on Dickens held in Thessaloniki in 2012, explores how Dickenss preoccupation with these transitional phases reflects his own liminality and his varying positions regarding some central Victorian concerns, such as religion, social institutions, progress, and modes of writing. The book is composed of four parts: Part One concerns Dickenss tendency to see birth and death as part of a continuum rather than as entirely separate states; Part Two looks at his unconventional responses to adolescence as a transitional period and to the marriage ceremony as an often unsuccessful rite de passage; Part Three analyses his partial divergence from certain widely held Victorian views about progress, evolution, sanitation, and the provisions made for the poor; and Part Four focuses on two of his novels which are seen as transgressing conventional genre boundaries.

Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Second Edition, With a New Preface


Author: Robbie E. Davis-Floyd

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520927214

Category: Social Science

Page: 424

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Why do so many American women allow themselves to become enmeshed in the standardized routines of technocratic childbirth--routines that can be insensitive, unnecessary, and even unhealthy? Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd first addressed these questions in the 1992 edition. Her new preface to this 2003 edition of a book that has been read, applauded, and loved by women all over the world, makes it clear that the issues surrounding childbirth remain as controversial as ever.

Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing


Author: Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo,Gina Wisker

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042029358

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 307

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This volume brings a variety of new approaches and contexts to modem and contemporary women's writing. Contributors include both new and well-established scholars from Europe, Australia, the USA , and the Caribbean. Their essays draw on, adapt, and challenge anthropological perspectives on rites of passage derived from the work of Arnold van Gennep and Victor Turner. Collectively, the essays suggest that women's writing and women's experiences from diverse cultures go beyond any straightforward notion of a threefold structure of separation, transition, and incorporation. Some essays include discussion of traditional rites of passage such as birth, motherhood, marriage, death, and bereavement; others are interested in exploring less traditional, more fluid, and/or problematic rites such as abortion, living with HI V/AIDS, and coming into political consciousness. Contributors seek ways of linking writing on rites of passage to feminist, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic theories which foreground margins, borders, and the outsider. The three opening essays explore the work of the Zimbabwean writer Yvonne Vera, whose groundbreaking work explored taboo subjects such as infanticide and incest. A wide range of other essays focus on writers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. including Jean Rhys, Bharati Mukherjee, Arundhati Roy, Jean Arasanayagam, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, and Eva Sallis. Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women's Writing will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of postcolonial and modern and contemporary women's writing, and to students on literature and women's studies courses who want to study women's writing from a cross-cultural perspective and from different theoretical positions. Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo is Head of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focus is on African literature (particularly Zimbabwean), contemporary women's writing, and postcolonial cinemas. Gina Wisker is Professor of Higher Education and Contemporary Literature at the University of Brighton, where she teaches literature, is the head of the centre for learning and teaching, and pursues her research interests in postcolonial women's writing.