Models and Mirrors: Towards an Anthropology of Public Events
In this comparative study of public events, Professor Handelman investigates rituals as epistemological phenomena in their own right. He argues that any public event - including both ritual and related occasions - must first be comprehended through the logic of its design.
discriminate, to divide, to locate, to name, and to connect things living and dead - above all, to make visible every thing in the phenomenal world according to the natural characteristics thought to be inherent in it. The eye was connected to discourse through the archive and catalogue - the itemizing and preserving of all items of knowledge. The language of (linnaean) science could no longer be 'badly constructed', writes Foucault (I 973: 158), in that taxonomy filled, ordered, and controlled
space here I cannot discuss these, and instead simply list them: the resolution of uncertainty and ambiguity, and the banishment of irregularity; the utter divisibility of time, space, and person, and the symmetries in such divisions; the stark visibility of all distinction and difference, and their redundant self-signification; the systemic closure of taxonomies, and therefore the control and authority over every element as well as the predictability of its taxonomic positioning; the imposition
Newfoundland Interior and exterior attributes of person and community The mumming complex in outport Newfoundland Time, space, and control in mumming Inside-out, outside-in: inversion and congruency in mumming Convergence and divergence, concealment Mid revelation Intersections 8 Holiday celebrations in Israeli kindergartens (Co-author, Lea Shamgar-Handelman} Kindergarten and celebration in Israel Kindergarten celebrations Conclusions Intersections 9 State ceremonies of Israel - Remembrance Day
this. But the proccssuality of indeterminacy is essential to the projects of transformation of events-that-model. Within these occasions, proccssuality is hedged-in, is strictly controlled, and is put to cultural usage in accordance with the systemic design of the occasion. Nonetheless, and this Turner avoided enunciating, should the liminal condition shatter its cultural buffers and instead concentrate in quotidian contexts, then its impact is scaring and destructive. If the condition called
being a medieval survival, the forging of links between palio and contrada by the Florentine conquerors of Siena elevated allegiance to the contrada at the expense of the comune and stunted the development of more broadly-based interest groups, whether those of patriotism or of social class. Through the politics of divide and rule the Palio mystifies economic and political realities. However all commentators agree on the centrality of the Palio festival in Sienese life. I will argue that