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Breaking boundaries: varieties of liminality

Contributor(s): Horvath, Agnes [Editor] | Thomassen, Bjorn [Editor] | Wydra, Harald [Editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York Berghahn Books 2018Description: vi, 255 p.: ill. Includes references and index.ISBN: 9781785337499.Subject(s): Liminality | Philosophical anthropology | Rites and ceremonies | Social changeDDC classification: 302.1 Summary: Liminality has the potential to be a leading paradigm for understanding transformation in a globalizing world. As a fundamental human experience, liminality transmits cultural practices, codes, rituals, and meanings in situations that fall between defined structures and have uncertain outcomes. Based on case studies of some of the most important crises in history, society, and politics, this volume explores the methodological range and applicability of the concept to a variety of concrete social and political problems. https://www.berghahnbooks.com/title/HorvathBreaking
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Table of content

Introduction: Liminality and the Search for Boundaries
PART I: FRAMING LIMINALITY
Chapter 1. Liminality and Experience: Structuring transitory situations and transformative events
Chapter 2. Thinking with Liminality: To the Boundaries of an Anthropological Concept
PART II: LIMINALITY AND THE SOCIAL
Chapter 3. Inbetweenness and Ambivalence
Chapter 4. The Genealogy of Political Alchemy: the technological invention of identity change
Chapter 5. Critical Processes and Political Fluidity: a Theoretical Appraisal
Chapter 6. Liminality and the Frontier Myth in the Building of the American Empire
Chapter 7. On the Margins of the Public and the Private: Louis XIV at Versailles
PART III: LIMINALITY AND THE POLITICAL
Chapter 8. Liminality, the execution of Louis XVI and the rise of terror during the French Revolution
Chapter 9. In Search of Antistructure: The Meaning of Tahrir Square in Egypt’s Ongoing Social Drama
Chapter 10. Liminality and Democracy
Chapter 11. Liminality and Postcommunism: The Twenty-First Century as the Subject of History
Chapter 12. The Challenge of Liminality for International Relations Theory
Notes on Contributors
Index

Liminality has the potential to be a leading paradigm for understanding transformation in a globalizing world. As a fundamental human experience, liminality transmits cultural practices, codes, rituals, and meanings in situations that fall between defined structures and have uncertain outcomes. Based on case studies of some of the most important crises in history, society, and politics, this volume explores the methodological range and applicability of the concept to a variety of concrete social and political problems.

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