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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Robert rated it liked it Nov 24, There is something about narrative that can convey to readers the mystery of the ineffable or the wonder of, as Edie would put it, collective joy. As scholars it’s hard to know how to confront these dismal events in the world.

The stories of communitas that Edie recounted in her writing not only defined a place of togetherness but also the nebulous space between things. We’ve all felt it at some moment or another and will enjoy it again as you read of other instances.

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Evoking the specter of communitas, Edie wrote: Emmy Martina rated it really liked it Mar 30, In Edie Turner returned to Zambia in South Central Africa to continue the ethnographic research she had shared with her husband, the late Victor Turner, one of the great anthropologists of the 20th century. Turner establishes by narration and multicultural case studies the fundamental co,munitas of communitas to human personal, social, and spiritual well-being.


Edie’s work compels us to wonder what is missed through such academic socialization. Lily Jamaludin marked it as to-read Teh 19, The ethnographies and collection of stories held within its pages are organized topically to demonstrate various opportunities for the shared collective joy of Communitas.

The book has a new-age tone that might not appeal to some, but applies a novel lens to studying spontaneous joy through cooperation and shared purpose. Emily added it Jul 16, In cynical moments when I need to ponder the wonders collectibe human existence, I think about the work of Edith Turner, a monumental anthropologist who died on June 18th of this year, one day after her 95th birthday.

Even so, anthropologists, like most scholars, are trained to tell and not to show, to denote rather to evoke.

Communitas: The Anthropology of Collective Joy

Lists with This Book. Erasmus marked it as to-read Apr 17, Alan marked it as to-read Sep 25, Chapter 1 demonstrates the futility of deliberate acts to create communitas through planned stages of togetherness in workplace interactions, where the power relations between employees prevent spontaneous feelings of belonging to flourish, illustrating the inherent informality of the experience. Jacob Buchholz marked it as to-read Aug 29, Evoking the specter of communitas, Edie wrote:.

In these days of social, political, and ecological gloom, it’s anthropologh to become cynical. It is a model for reaching our students and extending to the public our important insights about social life.


Orestis Geo added it Jul 08, This evocative collection cokmunitas to discover instances of communitas in their immense variety. Ally marked it as to-read Jul 01, Click here to sign up. Peace marked it as to-read Jun 25, Stella Chen marked it as to-read Feb 07, Here Edie tapped into something extraordinarily significant: To ask other readers questions about Communitasplease sign up.

This book challenges our ability to describe our world through scientific means — or, at times, even through words. Communitas is inspired fellowship, a group’s unexpected joy in sharing common experiences, the sense felt by a group when their life together takes on full meaning.

Describing indigenous experiences from the Arctic, Guyana and elsewhere Turner stresses the importance of the shared experience linking humans and non-human co,lective in jpy experience of communitas, proving the arbitrariness of the nature-culture divide. Anjana rated it really liked it Aug 08, It is grounded in lived events, and may occur as the climax to a process that takes people from violence to shared intimate transcendence.

As such communitas shows us the way to an arena in which we can sometimes experience a rare feeling: Ashley Newton marked it as to-read Jan 11,