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The Anthropology of Performance (PAJ Books) [Paperback]

Professor Victor Turner
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1 Jun 1986 PAJ Books

Considering social drama, ritual, and postmodern consciousness in relation to the idea of performance, Victor Turner explores the interplay of event, spectacle, audience, and culture and offers new insights into the nature of performance.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: PAJ Publications; New Ed edition (1 Jun 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555540015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555540012
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this posthumous collection, Turner continues his quest for 'a liberated anthropology,' a cause helped in part by the recent postmodern consciousness." -- American Theatre

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This book encapsulate the key themes of Turner's life longwork in the field of anthropology. It looks to the future and asks pertinent questions about the contribution neuroscience and ethology might make to our understandings of the human condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Anthropology 2 Sep 2009
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Victor Turner's well known essays on the anthropology of performance.Excellent introduction though the diagrams are a little complex. Those interested in ritual, performance and the role of culture in performance - an essential ' historical' read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Generous Genius" of Victor Turner 15 April 2012
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Richard Shechner's preface begins by assessing the importance and bravery of Victor Turner's work -- "Victor Turner in his late work brought up some very troublesome questions. It is the mark of his generous genius that he never stepped back from thinking into a problem merely because he had no way out. I admire his 'notyesness' [and] his 'unfinishedness'...."

Images and Reflections: Ritual, Drama, Carnival, Film, and Spectacle in Cultural Performance
Social Dramas in Brazilian Umbanda: The Dialects of Meaning
The Anthropology of Performance
Rokujo's Jealousy: Liminality and the Performance Genres
Carnaval in Rio: Dionysian Drama in an Industrializing Society
Performing Ethnography
Body, Brain, and Culture

Here's a precis: Turner "addresses issues of cultural performance, carnival, film, theatre, and 'performing ethnography' to break new ground in anthropological thinking about event, spectacle, and audience. One of his last writings, 'Body, Brain, and Culture' links cerebral neurology and anthropology studies in a fascinating interface."

Book details: hardback, black paper over boards with gold details; sewn binding; 185 pp; released with dustjacket.
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