Ritual, Anti-structure, And Religion: A Discussion Of Victor Turner's Processual Symbolic Analysis

Written by (Mathieu Deflem ) Victor Turner

This paper offers a systematic outline and discussion of Victor Turner's anthropology of religion and ritual. Along with an examination of Turner's theoretical stance, an account of his personal life history is presented. Attention is paid to Turner's initial functional analysis, the development of his methodological frame and processual mode of analysis, and his conception of anti-structure. This account will serve to elaborate on some important issues in the study of ritual and religion. First, the discussion focuses on the parallels between Turner's life and the innovations in his approach. Second, his notion of religion the study of ritual is examined. Finally, the distinctiveness, value, and limitations of his work are analyzed with reference to other approaches in symbolic anthropology.


Oedipus Redivivus, Freud, Jung and Psychoanalysis

Written by Douglas A. Davis

Haverford College

One repays a teacher badly if one remains only a pupil. And why, then, should you not pluck at my laurels? You respect me; but how if one day your respect should tumble? Take care that a falling statue does not strike you dead! You had not yet sought yourselves when you found me. Thus do all believers -- Now I bid you lose me and find yourselves; and only when you have all denied me will I return to you.
(Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, quoted by Jung to Freud, 1912 [McGuire, 1974])