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Call for Contributions to Edited Volume on Contemporary Rites of Passage

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Abstracts are invited from U.S.-based scholars for contributions to an exciting new edited collection of chapters exploring contemporary rites of passage in a secular context. Rooted in Rites of Passage theory (van Gennep, 1960; Turner 1966) the proposed book will address the complexities inherent in contemporary understandings of life course structure, and will emphasize the wider societal influences informing and defining present-day points of transition, through the lens of expressions of passage. It will seek to highlight the continuing relevance, creativity and diversity of passage performances and is ethnographic in approach, with chapters intended to offer descriptions and analyses of performances across the life course. While contributors currently engaged in the project are informed by UK passage traditions and innovations, the editors are seeking contributions from a U.S. perspective to enrich and broaden the text, and to emphasize the commonalities intrinsic to Rites of Passage while acknowledging cultural difference. The editors would particularly welcome contributions that incorporate some reflection on British cultural formation or practices, either as complementary pieces to the topics explored or as a stand-alone reflection on passage within contrasting cultures.

Suggested themes include:

  • Birth and early childhood
  • Adolescence and the student / young adult experience
  • Individual identity transitions
  • Marital or separation passages
  • Passage in mid-life
  • Older age (third and fourth age) transitions
  • Dying and bereavement / commemorative practices

Expressions of interest including a 300-word abstract and a short academic biography, should be submitted to Dr. Catherine Bannister (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Victoria L Newton (Queen Mary University College London) at by January 9, 2018.

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