Arnold Van Gennep

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Gennep, Arnold Van


Born Apr. 23, 1873, in Ludwigsburg; died May 7, 1957, in Epernay. French ethnographer, folklorist, and investigator of primitive religion.

Gennep was the president of the Society of French Ethnographers from 1952 to 1957. He founded a number of ethnographic publications. He was the author of numerous works on general ethnography and on the ethnography of France. Gennep was the first French ethnographer to use ethnographic cartography.


Religions, moeurs et légendes: Essais d’ethnographie et de linguistique, vols. 1-5. Paris, 1908-14.
Le Folklore. Paris, 1924.
Manuel de folklore français contemporaine, parts 1, 3, 4. Paris,1937-58.
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Arnold Van Gennep introduced the concept of liminality to mark the importance of people's metamorphosis.
The editors acknowledge the importance in the development of liminality of Arnold Van Gennep and Victor Turner studies, who worked within the frame of cultural anthropology, but mention is also made of contemporary critics who are now finding new uses of liminality, such as Bjorn Thomassen.
En 1909, quand Arnold van Gennep, le celebre ethnographe francais, publiait Les rites de passage, devenu depuis le livre de chevet de tous les ethnologues, il se penchait sur la description et l'analyse des rites, consideres comme essentiels pour le parcours de vie de l'homme.
As the introductory essay highlights, these essays either accommodate or question the traditional views of rites of passage that were introduced by ethnographer Arnold van Gennep in The Rites of Passage (Les rites de passage, 1909; translated 1960) and Victor Turner's anthropological study The Ritual Process (1969), which is based on van Gennep's work (ix).
Two classic anthropologists, Arnold van Gennep and Victor Turner, have studied rites of passage and liminal experiences.
Por un lado, recurriendo a la teoria desarrollada por Arnold Van Gennep, la maternidad seria uno de los ritos de paso necesarios para ser reconocido como adulto, mientras que la ausencia de este cambio identitario es susceptible de ser considerado como sospechoso de inmadurez o egoismo (coincide con la interpretacion sobre la teoria del don de un compromiso de devolver no efectuado).
In general parlance, the phrase "rites of passage" often refers only to life-cycle celebrations, even though its formulator, Arnold van Gennep, also applied it to rituals that reflect the change of seasons.
La division tripartite de l'ouvrage est un clin d'oeil heureux au theoricien du rite de passage Arnold Van Gennep.
Rites of passage, first defined in 1909 by the French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep, refer to culturally sanctioned rituals individuals perform to denote and encourage their transition from one stage of life to another.
After a brief survey of the history of French fieldwork, a group of French and British anthropologists provide intellectual biographies of French anthropologists like Arnold van Gennep, Adolphe Hanoteau, Aristide Letourneux, Jean Rouch, Paul Rivet, Lucien Bernot, and Louis Dumont to explore the relationship between ethnography and theory and the uses of ethnographic practice in France.
But, above all, liminality is associated with the rites-of-passage anthropology of Arnold van Gennep to which, in many important respects, liturgical theory is indebted.
Prescott and Arnold van Gennep, but it gives a convincing explanation of the transitional existence of the people of Istria.