Exploring Liminality from an Anthropological Perspective

Rina Arya

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The transition from the real to the digital requires a shift of consciousness that can be theorised with recourse to the concept of liminality, which has multidisciplinary currency in psychology and other disciplines in the social sciences, cultural, and literary theory. In anthropology the notion of liminality was introduced by the ethnographer Arnold van Gennep in the context of the development of the rite of passage. Since van Gennep’s discussion of the concept, the term has been used in a variety of contexts and disciplines that range from psychology, religion, sociology, and latterly in new media, where it has a renewed emphasis because of the transition from the real to the virtual space of the digital interface.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Media and Technologies for Virtual Artistic Spaces
EditorsDew Harrison
PublisherIGI Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781466629622
ISBN (Print)9781466629615
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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