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rite of passage

, rite de passage
a ceremony performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes his status, as at puberty and marriage

rite of passage

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rite de passage

the ceremony and RITUAL which may accompany the changes of STATUS that occur in the course of the life cycle, e.g. the MARRIAGE ceremony, or in present-day Britain, 18th-birthday parties. Such ceremonies are a way of drawing attention to changes in status and social identity; they are also a way of managing the tensions such changes may involve, e.g. the amalgamation of two families. An alternative term for such ritual is status passage. See also LIMINALITY, RITUAL.
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Or, a la base de tout rite en general, et rite de passage en particulier, se trouve bien avant tout l'idee d'une fin et d'une separation comme premiere etape ou demarche indispensable a une future re-agregation ou renaissance (Turner, "Betwixt" 5).
Il decrit le systeme de valeurs kikuyu pour souligner l'importance de ce rite de passage dans l'accomplissement de soi.
Il semble que les departs a la retraite proposent une forme de rite de passage, certes redefinie, mais qu'on ne sait encore comment celebrer (Manheimer 1994 : 44).
Obeisance to Eastwood is a rite de passage for any upwardly mobile conservative these days.
La << belle salle >>, qui porte partout les signes de la noce, est l'espace le plus utilise pendant ce rite de passage.
Le rite de passage assure la transmission sociale, non l'autoreference.
Il est considere comme un rite de passage, c'est-a-dire << un rite qui accompagne chaque changement de lieu, d'etat, de position sociale et d'age.
Pitt-Rivers, Julian, 1986, << Un rite de passage de la societe moderne : le voyage aerien >>.