Liminality as Normative Disorder: Cultural Anthropological Redefinition of “Normative Orders”

By Alireza Hassanzadeh.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The concept of “normative disorder” is evoked here, firstly as a reminder of a wide and broad philosophical literature, and secondly because doing so recalls legal anthropological usage. In comparison with the powerful presence of this term in the two aforementioned fields, cultural anthropology’s approach has offered it a minor role. Due to the importance of this term for clarifying the cultural basis and foundation of social changes, a cultural anthropological approach to the concept it represents seems vital and necessary. In order to redefine this term in its new disciplinary/interdisciplinary field, anthropological attention should turn to the reality of context as it arises in terms of field data and ethnographic information. As an attempt to do so, the present article aims at presenting a new view of this term and strives to examine it based on cultural anthropological theories. To achieve this target, “liminality” is employed as a cultural anthropological term in connection to “normative orders” and finally, “normative disorder” is suggested as a new term contributing to a new definition of the point under discussion.

Keywords: Multinormativity, Normative Disorder, Divine Normative Orders, Ritual of Reversal

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 11, pp.205-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 787.420KB).

Alireza Hassanzadeh

PhD Student of Anthropology, Cluster of Excellence 'The Formation of Normative Orders', Goethe University, Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany

PhD Student, Ethnology Department, Exellenzcluster of Normative Orders, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Born in Iran in 1971, B.A in Journalism and M.A in Anthropology. Author of some books and articles in Persian and English such as Living Legends, 24 Anthropological Articles on Iranian Folktales (2002), Tehran: Boghe & Baz Publisher; Woman and Culture, in commemoration of Margaret Mead’s hundredth birthday (2003) Tehran: Ney Publication and Anthropological Research Center; Iranian Anthropology, challenges and contestations (2008) Tehran: Afkar Publication and Anthropological Research Center; Food and Culture (2009) Tehran: Mahrnamag Publication and Anthological Research Center. Anthropology of Sport (Translation from English to Persian, 2008) Tehran: Afkar Publication and Anthropological Research Center. Articles such as ‘The Formation of Non-state Normative Orders and the Rituals of Pilgrimage’, in International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(3), pp.287–298; ‘Diversity of Finger Patterns in Iranian Populations’, in Anthropologist, 14(2):185–191,2012; ‘The External Space as a Source of Pollution: Iranian Intellectuality and the Image of the West’, in International Journal of the Humanities, 8(3), pp.87–100.


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