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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
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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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Le domaine de l'ethnologie d'entreprise, bien qu'encore recent, apporte un eclairage nouveau sur la question des departs a la retraite comme rite de passage, principalement avec l'ouvrage Les rites dans l'entreprise de Jean-Pierre Jardel et Christian Loridon.
Since the work of Arnold van Gennep, initiation rites are considered to be a form of "rite de passage." This term is a spatial metaphor, chosen by van Gennep to point up the parallelism of ceremonies marking territorial passage (across a boundary river, for example) with ceremonies that accompany social transitions, such as birth, puberty, marriage, death (19-33).
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. Un exemple, tres significatif, est le fait que Anuta D.