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Title:Dramas, fields, and metaphors: symbolic action in human society
Author:Turner, VictorISNI
Series:Symbol, myth, and ritual
City of publisher:Ithaca, NY
Publisher:Cornell University Press
ISBN:0801408164; 0801491517
Geographic terms:world
rites of passage
Abstract:This book describes the ways in which social actions of various kinds acquire form through the metaphors and paradigms in their actors' heads, and, in certain intensive circumstances, generate unprecedented forms that bequeath history new metaphors and paradigms. The book is concerned both with the strength and vitality of certain 'root paradigms' and with the social dramas where conflicting groups and personages attempt to assert their own and deplete their opponents' paradigms. One of the seven essays included in the book deals specifically with Africa: The word of the Dogon (Mali; earlier published in: Social Science Information, vol. 7, no. 6 (1968), p. 55-61). The essay discusses the Dogon concept of 's? ', translated in French as 'parole' by G. Calame-Griaule in her book 'Ethnologie et langage: la parole chez les Dogon' (1965).