March 21, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781138488595 - CAT# K349728
Taboo, Personal and Collective Representations examines the symbolic nature of taboo, asking what is the purpose of a taboo and how does it vary cross-culturally? The book focuses on the concept of taboo as an in-between, organizing principle which separates and differentiates stages through a ritual process of separation of order as clean/blessed and disorder as polluted/disassociated.
This book uses an interdisciplinary approach which compares the anthropological, ethnological, sociological, and depth psychological perspectives of renowned scholars in their examination of taboos. Unconscious/conscious taboos influence how we perceive transitional, indeterminate states across margins in the maturation and individuation processes. It argues that a taboo embodies the perilous, symbolic meaning of such rites of passage and that its emotional value and intensity in the form of symptomology varies across cultures.
Taboo, Personal and Collective Representations will be of great interest to researchers, academics and post-graduate students in the fields of anthropology, ethnology, origins of religion, race, gender, and depth psychology.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Nature of Taboo in Indigenous Practices
Chapter 3: Taboo, order, disorder, abjection and dirt.
Chapter 4: Totem and taboo, animal categories, and kinship structure
Chapter 5: The Origin and Positioning of Incest Taboo
Chapter 6: Taboo, and emotional ambivalence
Chapter 7: Taboo, rites of passage, and indeterminate states
Chapter 8: Taboo, shamanism, and Jungian psychoanalysis
Chapter 9: Conclusion