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What of Effervescence?

Durkheim in the Cathedral

Simon Coleman

immediate challenge is to consider the relevance of a Durkheimian understanding of ritual as a complexly public if not unambiguously collective act in such spaces. At the most fundamental level, we might ask: What of effervescence? What of the potential for

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Durkheim's Effervescence and Its Maussian Afterlife in Medical Anthropology

Elisabeth Hsu

One might have thought that Durkheim's fascination with ‘psychic life’, and with the emotions released during periods of effervescence which he so vividly described, would be of primary interest to medical anthropologists, particularly to those

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Durkheim's Two Theories of Sacrifice

Ritual, Social Change and Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse

Melissa Ptacek

Hubert and Mauss but also elsewhere in Les Formes itself. Varieties of Effervescence, Piacular Rites and the Ambiguity of the Sacred The idea of collective effervescence is central to the work's whole argument. But it is important to bring out

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The Bodily Efficacy of the Categories

Durkheim and Mauss's Intervention into the History of Philosophy

Erhard Schüttpelz and Martin Zillinger

-life of the most important category of bodily efficacy and epistemological insight provided by Durkheim and Mauss: the elaboration of ‘effervescence’ and ‘totality’. The Hegelian legacy The German anthropologist Fritz Kramer once summarised the

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From Ideas to Ideals

Effervescence as the Key to Understanding Morality

Raquel Weiss

My main aim is to show that Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse is a crucial work for understanding Durkheim's moral theory. A fundamental point is that he locates the 'ideal' at the core of morality. Accordingly, explaining the genesis of morality depends on establishing how he conceptualizes the ideal and traces its origins. Searching for the deepest roots of the ideal - basically understood as a sacred idea - takes us to the work's key concern with effervescence, and to issues it raises in the case of the modern world.

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Spirit Possession among the Shakers of Pleasant Hill

A Link between Effervescence and Social Ideals

Lisa C. Kistler

According to Durkheim ([1912] 2001), collective effervescence is the feeling of energising closeness that results when individuals participate in group practice with shared meaning. Far from an isolated phenomenon, Durkheim understood

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Fun and violence. Ethnocide and the effervescence of collective aggression

Oskar Verkaaik

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Society, Morality, Embodiment

Tracing Durkheim's Legacy

Sondra L. Hausner

, senses or states of consciousness – generate the collective effervescence which Durkheim knows to confirm sociality, and the moral structures that uphold it? Our considerations of religious action (Karsenti), political activism (Blanes) and religious

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The ‘Revelation’ in Durkheim's Sociology of Religion

A Moment of Creative Evolution?

William Watts Miller

to readers that this was what he was doing and conveyed the entirely false impression that he was just reporting something that had already been reported by his sources themselves. In any case, it is in his account of effervescence that he makes

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Modi's Journey from a Chowkidar (Watchman) to Great God

A Durkheimian Analysis

Anand Raja

evolution of an elementary religion with chowkidar as a totem, the making of a clan, collective effervescence, invoking a civilised hero, and the emergence of a great god. The article suggests new concepts of actor totem, which acts in everyone's interest