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The Rites of Passage

Second Edition

Arnold Van Gennep David Kertzer Monika Vizedom Gabrielle Caffee



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Chicago University Press
24 May 2019
A CLASSIC WORK OF ANTHROPOLOGY-OVER SEVENTY THOUSAND COPIES SOLD With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winner David I. Kertzer Arnold van Gennep's masterwork, The Rites of Passage, has been a staple of anthropological education for more than a century. First published in French in 1909, and translated into English by the University of Chicago Press in 1960, this landmark book explores how the life of an individual in any society can be understood as a succession of transitions: birth, puberty, marriage, parenthood, old age, and, finally, death. Van Gennep's great insight was discerning a common structure in each of these seemingly different transitions, involving rituals of separation, liminality, and incorporation. With compelling precision, he set out the terms that would both define twentieth-century ritual theory and become a part of our everyday lexicon.

This new edition of his work demonstrates how we can still make use of its enduring critical tools to understand our own social, religious, and political worlds, and even our personal and professional lives. In his new introduction, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and anthropologist David I. Kertzer sheds new light on van Gennep, on the battles he fought, and on the huge impact the book has had since publication of the first English edition.
By:   Arnold Van Gennep
Introduction by:   David Kertzer
Translated by:   Monika Vizedom, Gabrielle Caffee
Imprint:   Chicago University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   2nd edition
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9780226629490
ISBN 10:   022662949X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   24 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957) was a Dutch-German-French scholar without a permanent position who lived by writing, translating, public lecturing, and a variety of temporary jobs, including chicken farming. David I. Kertzer is the Dupee University Professor of Social Science and professor of anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University. In 2015, he received the Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his book The Pope and Mussolini. He is the author of many other books, including Ritual, Politics, and Power, Prisoner of the Vatican, and Amalia's Tale.

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