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Victor Turner Revisited: Ritual as Social Change

Alexander, Bobby C.


Victor Turner altered the way ritual is viewed, by emphasizing its role as an agent of social change rather than an agent for conserving the status quo. This book reconsiders and clarifies Turner's theory of ritual in response to its frequent misinterpretation and then demonstrates its usefulness for interpreting such phenomena as ritual possession in a politically militant African-American Pentecostal congregation and the countercultural theatrical experiments of Jerzy Grotowski's Polish Laboratory Theater.

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  • Paperback
  • 191 Pages
  • Published: January 1991
  • ISBN: 1555406017
  • Series: Academy

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