Experience on the Edge Theorizing Liminality

The analytical platform developed by Stenner in his rich and provocative paper, “Theorising liminality between art and life,” is based upon his (2017) Liminality and Experience: A Transdisciplinary Approach to the Psychosocial.

Author: Brady Wagoner

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030831714

Category: Psychology

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Liminality has become a key concept within the social sciences, with a growing number of publications devoted to it in recent years. The concept is needed to address those aspects of human experience and social life that fall outside of ordered structures. In contrast to the clearly defined roles and routines that define so much of industrial work and economic life, it highlights spaces of transition, indefiniteness, ambiguity, play and creativity. Thus, it is an indispensable concept and a necessary counterweight to the overemphasis on structural influences on human behavior. This book aims to use the concept of liminality to develop a culturally and experientially sensitive psychology. This is accomplished by first setting out an original theoretical framework focused on understanding the ‘liminal sources of cultural experience,’ and second an application of concept to a number of different domains, such as tourism, pilgrimage, aesthetics, children’s play, art therapy, and medical diagnosis. Finally, all these domains are then brought together in a concluding commentary chapter that puts them in relation to an overarching theoretical framework. This book will be useful for graduate students and researchers in cultural psychology, critical psychology, psychosocial psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, anthropology and the social sciences, cultural studies among others.

Liminality in Organization Studies

Theory and Method Maria Rita Tagliaventi ... Limbo stems from the Latin word limbus, which means edge or border. ... (2017) expanded on speculation on limbo in liminal experiences by theorizing specifically about occupational limbo.

Author: Maria Rita Tagliaventi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429632143

Category: Business & Economics

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In a time of flexible and mutable work arrangements, there is hardly a domain of organizing that has not been affected by liminality. Temporary workers who switch companies based on projects, consultants who operate at the boundaries between the consultant and the client companies, or ‘hybrid entrepreneurs’ who start new ventures, while still keeping their previous job, are examples of liminality in organizations. Liminality is also felt by managers who handle interorganizational relationships within customer-supplier networks or scientists who, albeit affiliated with R&D units, have strong ties with their scientific communities, acknowledging that they belong to neither setting thoroughly. Precious hints for enriching our comprehension of liminality in organizational settings can be conveyed by the reflection that has flourished in different fields. This book advances knowledge of liminality management by elaborating on a model that puts together aspects of the liminal process that have been mostly described in a separate way so far, benefiting from the input provided by experience in sociology, medicine, and education. Through the articulation of a model that accounts for the antecedents, content, and consequences of liminality in organizations, the book intends to prompt quantitative research on this topic. It will be of value to those interested in organizational behavior, organization and management, marketing, sociology of work, and sociology of organizations.

Theorizing Rituals Volume 2 Annotated Bibliography of Ritual Theory 1966 2005

Liminality implies that the high could not be high unless the low existed, and he who is high must experience what it is ... in liminality; at the edge of structure, in marginality; and from beneath structure, in inferiority” (128).

Author: Jens Kreinath

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047421825

Category: Religion

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Volume two of Theorizing Rituals mainly consists of an annotated bibliography of more than 400 items covering those books, edited volumes and essays that are considered most relevant for the field of ritual theory.

Routledge Handbook of the Tourist Experience

Liminality: origins and meaning Etymologically, liminality derives from the Latin word limen, or threshold. To be at the threshold of something can simply mean to be at the limit or edge; a person might, for example, be at the threshold ...

Author: Richard Sharpley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000462241

Category: Business & Economics

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Routledge Handbook of the Tourist Experience offers a comprehensive synthesis of contemporary research on the tourist experience. It draws together multidisciplinary perspectives from leading tourism scholars to explore emergent tourist behaviours and motivations. This handbook provides up-to-date, critical discussions of established and emergent themes and issues related to the tourist experience from a primarily socio-cultural perspective. It opens with a detailed introduction which lays down the framework used to examine the dynamic parameters of the tourist experience. Organised into five thematic sections, chapters seek to build and enhance knowledge and understanding of the significance and meaning of diverse elements of the tourist experience. Section 1 conceptualises and understands the tourist experience through an exploration of conventional themes such as tourism as authentic and spiritual experience, as well as emerging themes such as tourism as an embodied experience. Section 2 investigates the new, developing tourist demands and motivations, and a growing interest in the travel career. Section 3 considers the significance, motives, practices and experiences of different types of tourists and their roles such as the tourist as photographer. Section 4 discusses the relevance of ‘place’ to the tourist experience by exploring the relationship between tourism and place. The last section, Section 5, scrutinises the role of the tourist in creating their experiences through themes such as ‘transformations in the tourist role’ from passive receiver of experiences to co-creator of experiences, and ‘external mediators in creating tourist experiences'. This handbook is the first to fill a notable gap in the tourism literature and collate within a single volume critical insights into the diverse elements of the tourist experience today. It will be of key interest to academics and students across the fields of tourism, hospitality management, geography, marketing and consumer behaviour.

Dirty Dancing

Theorizing liminal experience elucidates how women sex workers are agents and located in the intersections of ... 2005a) concept of 'edgework', drawing attention to the dancers' deliberate engagement with high-risk activities and ...

Author: Rachela Colosi

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351569408

Category: Social Science

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Based on ethnographic research conducted in 'Starlets', a lap-dancing club in the North of England, this book delves into what is often seen as the 'deviant', and 'stigmatized' world of lap-dancing. As well as the relationships between dancers, the author offers a unique insider's account of lap-dancing club culture, having worked as a lap-dancer both prior to, and during, the study. The book tells a fascinating tale of the author's experiences working as a lap dancer and the insights this has provided. This book projects a textured picture of working, socializing and living as a lap-dancer by following the dancer from the beginning of her career, to her eventual exit; providing a fluid and comprehensive examination of the occupation of lap-dancing. As well as building on the popular themes of 'dancer motivation', 'dancer exploitation/empowerment' and risk already embedded in existing literature, this book also offers completely new insight into this industry by drawing attention to the occupational subculture of which lap-dancers at 'Starlets' were found to be a part. This book is recommended for anyone studying or researching in this field.

Coming to the Edge of the Circle

Theorizing Folklore: Toward New Perspectives on the Politics of Culture. Special issue of Western Folklore ... The Anthropology of Experience. ... “Women's Stories, Women's Symbols: A Critique of Victor Turner's Theory of Liminality.

Author: Nikki Bado

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198037252

Category: Religion

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Imagine yourself sitting on the cool damp earth, surrounded by deep night sky and fields full of fireflies, anticipating the ritual of initiation that you are about to undergo. Suddenly you hear the sounds of far-off singing and chanting, drums booming, rattles "snaking," voices raised in harmony. The casting of the Circle is complete. You are led to the edge of the Circle, where Death, your challenge, is waiting for you. With the passwords of "perfect love" and "perfect trust" you enter Death's realm. The Guardians of the four quarters purify you, and you are finally reborn into the Circle as a newly made Witch. Coming to the Edge of the Circle offers an ethnographic study of the initiation ritual practiced by one coven of Witches located in Ohio. As a High Priestess within the coven as well as a scholar of religion, Nikki Bado is in a unique position to contribute to our understanding of this ceremony and the tradition to which it belongs. Bado's analysis of this coven's initiation ceremony offers an important challenge to the commonly accepted model of "rites of passage." Rather than a single linear event, initiation is deeply embedded within a total process of becoming a Witch in practice and in community with others. Coming to the Edge of the Circle expands our concept of initiation while giving us insight into one coven's practice of Wicca. An important addition to Ritual Studies, it also introduces readers to the contemporary nature religion variously called Wicca, Witchcraft, the Old Religion, or the Craft.

Theorizing Rituals Volume 1 Issues Topics Approaches Concepts

1984, 'Liminality and the Performative Genres', in: J.J. MacAloon (ed.), Rite, Drama, Festival ... 1985a, 'The Anthropology of Performance', in: V.W. Turner & E.L.B. Turner (eds), On the Edge of the Bush. Anthropology as Experience ...

Author: Jens Kreinath

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047410775

Category: Religion

Page: 804

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Volume one of Theorizing Rituals assembles 34 leading scholars from various countries and disciplines working within this field.

Liminality and the Short Story

As a study of metamorphic experience in the short story, this chapter is no more concerned with tracing complete ... Edge”; the deep ambivalence of coming of age is given expression as complex metamorphic experience, finding form ...

Author: Jochen Achilles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317812456

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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This book is a study of the short story, one of the widest taught genres in English literature, from an innovative methodological perspective. Both liminality and the short story are well-researched phenomena, but the combination of both is not frequent. This book discusses the relevance of the concept of liminality for the short story genre and for short story cycles, emphasizing theoretical perspectives, methodological relevance and applicability. Liminality as a concept of demarcation and mediation between different processual stages, spatial complexes, and inner states is of obvious importance in an age of global mobility, digital networking, and interethnic transnationality. Over the last decade, many symposia, exhibitions, art, and publications have been produced which thematize liminality, covering a wide range of disciplines including literary, geographical, psychological and ethnicity studies. Liminal structuring is an essential aspect of the aesthetic composition of short stories and the cultural messages they convey. On account of its very brevity and episodic structure, the generic liminality of the short story privileges the depiction of transitional situations and fleeting moments of crisis or decision. It also addresses the moral transgressions, heterotopic orders, and forms of ambivalent self-reflection negotiated within the short story's confines. This innovative collection focuses on both the liminality of the short story and on liminality in the short story.

Theorizing Rituals Issues topics approaches concepts

Rehearsals Toward a Theory of Cultural Performance , Philadelphia , 19 41 . 1985a , ' The Anthropology of Performance ' , in : V.W. Turner & E.L.B. Turner ( eds ) , On the Edge of the Bush . Anthropology as Experience , Tuscon ( Arizona ) ...

Author: Jens Kreinath

Publisher: Numen Book

ISBN: UOM:39015069123787

Category: Religion

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Volume one of Theorizing Rituals assembles 34 leading scholars from various countries and disciplines working within this field. The authors review main methodological and meta-theoretical problems (part I) followed by some of the classical issues (part II). Further chapters discuss main approaches to theorizing rituals (part III) and explore some key analytical concepts for theorizing rituals (part IV). The volume is provided with extensive indices.

Gender on the Edge

Tahitians: Mind and Experience in the Society Islands. ... Samoa, on the Wilde Side: Male Transvestism, Oscar Wilde, and Liminality in Making Gender. Ethos 24: 588–625. ... Theorizing Self in Samoa: Emotions, Gender, and Sexualities.

Author: Niko Besnier

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824840198

Category: Social Science

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Transgender identities and other forms of gender and sexuality that transcend the normative pose important questions about society, culture, politics, and history. They force us to question, for example, the forces that divide humanity into two gender categories and render them necessary, inevitable, and natural. The transgender also exposes a host of dynamics that, at first glance, have little to do with gender or sex, such as processes of power and domination; the complex relationship among agency, subjectivity, and structure; and the mutual constitution of the global and the local. Particularly intriguing is the fact that gender and sexual diversity appear to be more prevalent in some regions of the world than in others. This edited volume is an exploration of the ways in which non-normative gendering and sexuality in one such region, the Pacific Islands, are implicated in a wide range of socio-cultural dynamics that are at once local and global, historical, and contemporary. The authors recognize that different social configurations, cultural contexts, and historical trajectories generate diverse ways of being transgender across the societies of the region, but they also acknowledge that these differences are overlaid with commonalities and predictabilities. Rather than focus on the definition of identities, they engage with the fact that identities do things, that they are performed in everyday life, that they are transformed through events and movements, and that they are constantly negotiated. By addressing the complexities of these questions over time and space, this work provides a model for future endeavors that seek to embed dynamics of gender and sexuality in a broad field of theoretical import.