Liminal Workspace in the Middle Range

Theory is a tricky concept. It is also a tricky word. A very tricky process. To attempt a discussion on theory is to commit yourself to hours of back-and-forth between definitions and ideas, fully knowing there will be no resolution. So why attempt a discourse on theory? Roy Ellen remarks that the different forms of […]

Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death (Summary)

Victor Turner’s Planes of Classification in a Ritual of Life and Death is an analysis of his field work among the Ndembu (Northwestern Zambia).  He provides a definition and description of Isoma, a ritual performed around the occurrence of female reproductive issues, for example Turner says Isoma is a “manifestation of a shade that causes […]