Breaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality

Breaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality

By: Harald Wydra (editor), Agnes Horvath (editor), Bjorn Thomassen (editor)Paperback

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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.

About Author

Agnes Horvath is a co-founder and editor of the peer-reviewed journal International Political Anthropology and is a visiting scholar of Sociology at Cambridge University. She is the author or co-author of eight books, including, most recently, Reclaiming Beauty (co-edited with James B. Cuffe, Ficino Press, 2012), Modernism and Charisma (Palgrave, 2013), and Statesman: The Politics of Limits and the Liminal (co-edited with John O'Brien, Tivoli, 2013). Bjorn Thomassen is Associate Professor in the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, and is a co-founder and editor of the journal International Political Anthropology. His recent publications include Liminality and the Modern: Living Through the In-Between (Ashgate, 2014), and the edited collection Global Rome: Changing Faces of the Eternal City (Indiana University Press, 2014). Harald Wydra is a Fellow of St Catharine's College at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught politics since 2003, and is a co-founder and editor of the journal International Political Anthropology. His books include Communism and the Emergence of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Democracy and Myth in Russia and Eastern Europe (co-edited with Alexander Woll, Routledge, 2008), and Politics and the Sacred (Cambridge University Press, 2015).


List of Figures Introduction: Liminality and the Search for Boundaries Harald Wydra, Bjorn Thomassen, and Agnes Horvath PART I: FRAMING LIMINALITY Chapter 1. Liminality and Experience: Structuring transitory situations and transformative events Arpad Szakolczai Chapter 2. Thinking with Liminality: To the Boundaries of an Anthropological Concept Bjorn Thomassen PART II: LIMINALITY AND THE SOCIAL Chapter 3. Inbetweenness and Ambivalence Bernhard Giesen Chapter 4. The Genealogy of Political Alchemy: the technological invention of identity change Agnes Horvath Chapter 5. Critical Processes and Political Fluidity: a Theoretical Appraisal Michel Dobry Chapter 6. Liminality and the Frontier Myth in the Building of the American Empire Stephen Mennell Chapter 7. On the Margins of the Public and the Private: Louis XIV at Versailles Peter Burke PART III: LIMINALITY AND THE POLITICAL Chapter 8. Liminality, the execution of Louis XVI and the rise of terror during the French Revolution Camil Roman Chapter 9. In Search of Antistructure: The Meaning of Tahrir Square in Egypt's Ongoing Social Drama Mark Allen Peterson Chapter 10. Liminality and Democracy Harald Wydra Chapter 11. Liminality and Postcommunism: The Twenty-First Century as the Subject of History Richard Sakwa Chapter 12. The Challenge of Liminality for International Relations Theory Maria Malksoo Notes on Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781785337499
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9781785337499
  • ISBN10: 1785337491

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