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liminality

the situation of those in transit across the symbolic boundaries between statuses, especially in RITUALS (e.g. in RITE OF PASSAGE, CARNIVAL) – see A. van Gennep, The Rites of Passage (1909).
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The chapter demonstrates that the detective is a liminal figure, who represents a constantly fluctuating movement between the margins and the center of the society, since cultural traditions and hierarchical binaries of social structures are of ambivalent nature.
Special Cluster Essays: "Revisiting John Shawcross's Intentionality and the New Traditionalism: Some Liminal Means to Literary Revisionism.
Two recent articles in Conradiana have located elements of the Gothic and the liminal in Heart of Darkness, while within the same recent issues discussions of Lord Jim have focused on communal integration and "intersubjective exchange" (Boes 114; Hannah 39).
The liminal period is conceptualized as transitory; an "interstructural state" in which an individual or group of individuals abandon (willingly or grudgingly) a specific social state, characterized by specifically structured interactions, but have not yet entered (or re-entered) the newly prescribed social state and its accompanying responsibilities and status.
During the intervening liminal period, the state of the ritual subject (the "passenger" or "liminar,") becomes ambiguous, neither here nor there, betwixt and between all fixed points of classification; he passes through a symbolic domain that has few or none of the attributes of his past or coming state.
But his liminal space--that slice of overlap between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world--was also a place of creativity and integrity.
Liminal Figures Liminal Spaces , is on at the Lalit Kala Akademi, till November 25, from 11 am to 7 pm.
The set of rites are divided into the three phases of "separation," "transition," and "reincorporation," but given the importance of liminality, the notions have been re-labeled around that concept as "preliminal, liminal, and postliminal" (Turner, On the Edge 159).
Essentially, Lady Ashley, Drover, and Nullah are all liminal characters caught betwixt worlds and societal existence.
Turner subsequently defined the liminal phase or space as "an interval, however brief, when the past is momentarily negated, suspended, or abrogated, and the future has not yet begun, an instant of pure potentiality when everything, as it were, trembles in the balance.
Among them are local cultures of cell and global transactions in science, infertile citizens and the moral economy of embryos, the liminal third space and media rhetoric, and ethics and regulation.
that] the country today is in an essentially liminal state" (p.