Liminality and the Modern: Living Through the In-Between
By: Bjorn Thomassen (author)Hardback
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This book provides the history and genealogy of an increasingly important subject: liminality. Coming to the fore in recent years in social and political theory and extending beyond is original use as developed within anthropology, liminality has come to denote spaces and moments in which the taken-for-granted order of the world ceases to exist and novel forms emerge, often in unpredictable ways. Liminality and the Modern offers a comprehensive introduction to this concept, discussing its development and laying out a conceptual and experiential framework for thinking about change in terms of liminality. Applying this framework to questions surrounding the implosion of 'non-spaces', the analysis of major historical periods and the study of political revolution, the book also explores its possible uses in social science research and its implications for our understanding of the uncertainty and contingency of the liquid structures of modern society.
Shedding new light on a concept central to social thought, as well as its capacity for pushing social and political theory in new directions, this book will be of interest to scholars across the social sciences and philosophy working in fields such as social, political and anthropological theory, cultural studies, social and cultural geography, and historical anthropology and sociology.
BjA,rn Thomassen is Associate Professor in the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University, Denmark.
Contents: Introduction: into liminality. Part I Retrieving Liminality within the History of Social Thought: From Arnold van Gennep to Victor Turner and Beyond: Arnold van Gennep: fragments of a life-work at the thresholds; Arnold van Gennep and his contemporaries: Emile Durkheim, Marcel Mauss and Gabriel Tarde. Revisiting the foundations of sociology and anthropology; Liminality rediscovered: with Victor Turner and beyond; Dimensions of liminality. Part II On the Liminal Conditions of the Times in Which We Live: Liminality in the transition to modernity: the case of Thomas Hobbes and Rene Descartes; Game and gambling and the implosion of liminality: playing modernity; From liminal to liminoid to limivoid: bungee jumping and the quest for excitement in contemporary leisure; Liminal politics: towards an anthropology of political revolutions; By way of conclusion: out of liminality. References; Index.
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