Accepted paper:

Rebels, indignants and OWS

Author:

Stefano De Matteis (Università degli studi di Salerno)

Paper short abstract:

Victor Turner devoted his whole life to the study of social dramas and communitas. More in particular, in The Ritual Process he analysed moments and forms of social conflict and its possible resolutions: from St. Francis to the flower children. Our intention is to see if Turner’s theories can stand also the current systemic crisis that is heavily affecting the old continent as well as the U.S. A structural and economic crisis that could transform not only customs and traditions, habits and consumptions, but also behaviours. We’ll start by analysing how many and what kind of narrations are “telling” the crisis and the way they are describing it. Our purpose is to test if, during this change, voices of dissent are being listened to, or, at least, the voices of those who are feeling the impact of crisis and will be the “victims” of a possible restoration or of a future re birth.

Paper long abstract:

Victor Turner devoted his whole life to the study of social dramas and communitas. More in particular, in The Ritual Process he analysed moments and forms of social conflict and its possible resolutions: from St. Francis to the flower children. Our intention is to see if Turner's theories can stand also the current systemic crisis that is heavily affecting the old continent as well as the U.S. A structural and economic crisis that could transform not only customs and traditions, habits and consumptions, but also behaviours. We'll start by analysing how many and what kind of narrations are "telling" the crisis and the way they are describing it. Our purpose is to test if, during this change, voices of dissent are being listened to, or, at least, the voices of those who are feeling the impact of crisis and will be the "victims" of a possible restoration or of a future re birth.

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