The Ritual Process

Structure and Anti-Structure
Author: Victor W. Turner
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780202368634
Category: Social Science
Page: 213
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In The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure, Victor Turner examines rituals of the Ndembu in Zambia and develops his now-famous concept of "Communitas." He characterizes it as an absolute inter-human relation beyond any form of structure. The Ritual Process has acquired the status of a small classic since these lectures were first published in 1969. Turner demonstrates how the analysis of ritual behavior and symbolism may be used as a key to understanding social structure and processes. He extends Van Gennep's notion of the "liminal phase" of rites of passage to a more general level, and applies it to gain understanding of a wide range of social phenomena. Once thought to be the "vestigial" organs of social conservatism, rituals are now seen as arenas in which social change may emerge and be absorbed into social practice. As Roger Abrahams writes in his foreword to the revised edition: "Turner argued from specific field data. His special eloquence resided in his ability to lay open a sub-Saharan African system of belief and practice in terms that took the reader beyond the exotic features of the group among whom he carried out his fieldwork, translating his experience into the terms of contemporary Western perceptions. Reflecting Turner's range of intellectual interests, the book emerged as exceptional and eccentric in many ways: yet it achieved its place within the intellectual world because it so successfully synthesized continental theory with the practices of ethnographic reports."

God's Image and Global Cultures

Integrating Faith and Culture in the Twenty-First Century
Author: Kenneth Nehrbass
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498239099
Category: Religion
Page: 248
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Globalization has raised numerous questions about theology and culture for Christians. How should we respond to outsourcing and immigration? How does anti-Western sentiment affect the proclamation of the gospel? What is the role of the church in society? This book argues that Christians will be most fulfilled and most effective if they embrace their cultural activity rather than feel ambivalent about it. The central question of this book is, how does bearing God's image relate to cultural activity? Nehrbass explains that "spheres of culture," such as political, technological, and social structures, are systems that God has instilled in humans as his image bearers, so that they can glorify and enjoy him forever. Therefore, a theology of culture involves recognizing that the kingdom of God encompasses heaven and Earth, rather than pitting heaven against Earth. The text surveys anthropological explanations for humanity's dependence on culture, and shows that each explanation provides only partial explanatory scope. The most satisfying explanation is that a major functional aspect of bearing God's image is engaging in culture, since the Trinity has been eternally engaged in cultural functions like ruling, communicating, and creating. Each chapter contains a summary and questions about what it means to be a world-changer in the twenty-first century.

Soziale Beziehung, Verstehen, Rationalität


Author: Panajotis Kondylis
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3050073691
Category: Philosophy
Page: 722
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Der deutsch-griechische Privatgelehrte Panajotis Kondylis hat bis zu seinem überraschenden Tod 1998 große Standardwerke zur Philosophie- und Politischen Ideengeschichte der Aufklärung, des Konservatismus und der Metaphysik-Kritik verfasst. Das sein wissenschaftliches Leben krönende dreibändige Hauptwerk zur Sozialontologie kann jetzt nur als Torso mit dem kompletten, in sich geschlossenen ersten Band publiziert werden. Eine Sozialontologie muss, wenn sie ihren Namen verdienen will, eine Tiefendimension beschreiben, auf der die zeitlosen Grundgegebenheiten menschlichen Verhaltens von der Urhorde bis zur Gegenwart erkennbar werden. Die Sozialtheorien des 20. Jahrhunderts wie Kommunikationstheorie, kybernetische und ökonomistische Sozialtheorie leisten dazu keinen Beitrag, wie der Autor im 1. Kapitel seines Buches nachweist, denn sie besitzen strukturelle Entsprechungen zur Gliederung und Funktionsweise der modernen Massengesellschaften. Sie haben mit diesen die Denkstile gemeinsam und erweisen damit ihren ideologischen Charakter. Die Analyse sozialwissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse vor allem aus Philosophie und Soziologie im 2. Kapitel führt auf die drei ontischen Aspekte des Sozialen hin, die zusammengebracht werden müssen, nämlich die soziale Beziehung, das Politische und der Mensch. Diese drei sind gleichursprünglich und miteinander verflochten, so dass ihrer Darstellung durch die Sozialontologie keine Reihenfolge vorgegeben ist. Kondylis stellt die soziale Beziehung an den Anfang seiner Darstellung. Dieses Werk mit seinen strengen und scharfsinnigen Analysen der bekannten Sozialtheorien, auch der älteren und ältesten, der Einbeziehung der gesamten sozialwissenschaftlichen Literatur, den Belegen aus der europäischen Geistesgeschichte, der Ethnologie und Ethologie zeigt, dass alle Arbeiten von Kondylis wie Zwischenstufen auf seine Sozialontologie hinführten. Sie ist die erste überhaupt, die den Anspruch auch einzulösen vermag, schon deshalb, weil hier ein Universalgelehrter die souveräne Kenntnis der europäischen Geistesgeschichte im umfassenden Sinne zugleich mit einzigartiger Analysekraft verbindet.

The Origins of Religion in the Paleolithic


Author: Gregory J. Wightman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442242906
Category: Social Science
Page: 306
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Gregory J. Wightman explores the significance of goal-directed action and the rise of material culture in this intricate, evidence-based examination of religion’s earliest origins.

Applied Theatre: Facilitation

Pedagogies, Practices, Resilience
Author: Sheila Preston
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472576942
Category: Drama
Page: 272
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Applied Theatre: Facilitation is the first publication that directly explores the facilitator's role within a range of socially engaged theatre and community theatre settings. The book offers a new theoretical framework for understanding critical facilitation in contemporary dilemmatic spaces and features a range of writings and provocations by international practitioners and experienced facilitators working in the field. Part One offers an introduction to the concept, role and practice of facilitation and its applications in different contexts and cultural locations. It offers a conceptual framework through which to understand the idea of critical facilitation: a political practice that that involves a critical (and self-critical) approach to pedagogies, practices (doing and performing), and resilience in dilemmatic spaces. Part Two illuminates the diversity in the field of facilitation in applied theatre through offering multiple voices, case studies, theoretical positions and contexts. These are drawn from Australia, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, the United Kingdom and North America, and they apply a range of aesthetic forms: performance, process drama, forum, clowning and playmaking. Each chapter presents the challenge of facilitation in a range of cultural contexts with communities whose complex histories and experiences have led them to be disenfranchised socially, culturally and/or economically.

Archaeology and the Politics of Vision in a Post-modern Context


Author: Julian Thomas,Vítor Oliveira Jorge
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 342
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Archaeology is intimately connected to the modern regime of vision. A concern with optics was fundamental to the Scientific Revolution, and informed the moral theories of the Enlightenment. And from its inception, archaeology was concerned with practices of depiction and classification that were profoundly scopic in character. Drawing on both the visual arts and the depictive practices of the sciences, employing conventionalised forms of illustration, photography, and spatial technologies, archaeology presents a paradigm of visualised knowledge. However, a number of thinkers from Jean-Paul Sartre onwards have cautioned that vision presents at once a partial and a politicised way of apprehending the world. In this volume, authors from archaeology and other disciplines address the problems that face the study of the past in an era in which realist modes of representation and the philosophies in which they are grounded in are increasingly open to question.

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness


Author: Amanda Ie,Christelle T. Ngnoumen,Ellen J. Langer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118294912
Category: Psychology
Page: 1248
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The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness brings together the latest multi-disciplinary research on mindfulness from a group of international scholars: Examines the origins and key theories of the two dominant Western approaches to mindfulness Compares, contrasts, and integrates insights from the social psychological and Eastern-derived perspectives Discusses the implications for mindfulness across a range of fields, including consciousness and cognition, education, creativity, leadership and organizational behavior, law, medical practice and therapy, well-being, and sports 2 Volumes

Visual Anthropology Review


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Visual anthropology
Page: N.A
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Semiotica


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Semiotics
Page: 24
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Whole Person Healthcare: Psychology, spirituality, and health


Author: Ilene A. Serlin
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780275992330
Category: Alternative medicine
Page: 343
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Sociology

Reviews of New Books
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Sociology
Page: N.A
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The Psycho-cultural Dynamics of the Confucian Family

Past and Present
Author: Walter H. Slote
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Confucian ethics
Page: 417
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Boundaries

readings in deviance, crime and criminal justice : a customized reader
Author: P. J. McGann
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780536144232
Category: Crime
Page: N.A
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Sociology

Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life
Author: David M Newman,Jodi O'Brien,Pine Forge Press
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9780761987406
Category: Education
Page: 1009
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The best introductory Sociology textbook on the market and its accompanying reader are now available at a 35% package discount!David M. Newman's Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, Fourth Edition does what no other introductory sociology textbook has done. It shows students how sociology is woven into their everyday lives and does so in a readable, friendly writing style. For more information on this text, please click here http://www.sagepub.com/books/076198738x.html .The anthology that accompanies the text, Sociology Readings edited by David M. Newman and Jodi O'Brien, has been one of the most popular collected works used in introductory sociology courses. The carefully chosen articles have proven to be relevant, fresh, and interesting to students, while introducing them to the sociological perspective. The Fourth Edition of this anthology includes 21 new articles that touch on many important sociological issues. For more information on this reader, please click here http://www.sagepub.com/books/0761987487.html .

Christ in a Changing World

Toward an Ethical Christology
Author: Tom Faw Driver
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion
Page: 183
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Time refigured

myths, foundation texts and imagined communities
Author: Martin Procházka,Ondřej Pilný
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Ethnicity in literature
Page: 383
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Real spaces

world art history and the rise of Western modernism
Author: David Summers
Publisher: Phaidon Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 687
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Addressing fundamental problems in modern Western approaches to art, this bold, brilliant and important book proposes a new and flexible conceptual frame-work for the analysis and understanding of all art by replacing the notion of the 'visual arts' with that of the 'spatial arts', which comprise two fundamental categories: 'real space' and 'virtual space'. Real space is the space we share with other people and things, and its fundamental arts are sculpture - the art of personal space - and architecture, the art of social space. Virtual space, representing real space in two dimensions, as in paintings, drawings and prints, always entails a format in real space, thus making real space the primary category.Using these distinctions and adopting a wide definition of art that in principle embraces anything that is made, the author examines some of the basic characteristics of all art in a survey that traces the development of human skill from the first hominid tools to the sophisticated universal three-dimensional grid of modern technology, which he describes as 'metaoptical' space. Successive chapters deal with facture, refinement and the discovery of abstract relations; the making of places, boundaries and alignments; the creation of centres and the relations between art, order and political power; the origins ofthree-dimensional, planar and virtual images; planarity and the development of measures, ratios and grids; virtual images, the development of perspective and the essentially centreless metaoptical world of Western modernism.This new conceptual framework enables us to treat all traditions on an equal footing and to understand opposition and conflict both within and between cultures. Formalism and other Western approaches to art are not rejected, but are recognised without universal validity being claimed for them. Throughout, the author insists that art can never be separated from the primary spatial conditions of its uses. His long-awaited study will stimulate people to think in new and fruitful ways about the human purposes of art, and also to think more deeply and critically about the relations between art, political order and technology.

Internet Research Annual

Selected Papers from the Association of Internet Researchers Conferences
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780820478579
Category: Internet
Page: 213
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The Association of Internet Researchers conference is the highlight of the year for researchers involved in the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies. It brings together scholars from around the world to meet and exchange ideas and research on the impact of the world-wide phenomenon of the Internet. The Annual, now in its fourth year, brings highlights from the contributions made at the 2005 conference held in Chicago, Illinois. Included is the full text of keynote speeches, given by Saskia Sassen, Sonia Livingstone, and Ang Peng Hwa, and a select set of papers drawn from the conference submissions.

The Sacraments

An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Study
Author: Joseph Martos
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814657072
Category: Religion
Page: 280
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What are the sacraments, really? For centuries, the religious lives of Catholics and other Christians have revolved around church rituals with generally accepted individual and social effects. What, precisely, are those effects, and how are they produced? Traditional theology used Greek philosophy to understand the sacraments and how they work. But is there no other way to understand them? In fact, there are a number of ways, and this book invites you to look at the sacraments through a variety of lenses: psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, theology, morality, and spirituality. As the introduction to this volume challenges, If you read this book, and especially if you engage in the interactive study to which it invites you, your understanding of sacraments will be changed forever." To help personalize your investigation, the author has created a web site with thought-provoking questions that encourage you to interact with the ideas being proposed in this volume. To engage these topics more deeply, see www.TheSacraments.org. Joseph Martos is author of Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church, which for more than a quarter of a century has been the most widely read book on the subject. Recently retired from full-time teaching, he has been a visiting professor in universities and theology schools in Canada and Australia as well as around the United States. "