I'm Nick Herriman, author of Entangled State, www.yale.edu/seas/EntangledState.htm. In the "25 Concepts in Anthropology" series, I present what I think are the 25 most important concepts in socio-cultural anthropology. This episode concerns the concept of rite-of-passage. These are also known as rites-de-passage. Important concepts include transition & threshold; Western Desert (Ngatatjara, Pitjantjatjara, Wiluna Mob, Jigalong Mob); separation, liminal period, reaggregation. Important contributors are Arnold van Gennep, Victor Turner, Gregory Bateson, and Gilbert Herdt. Note that while marriage in the Western Desert is not through a wedding there is a form of betrothal. See Tonkinson, The Mardu Aborigines, p. 98.
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