The Rites of Passage
by Arnold van Gennep, translated by Monika B. Vizedom and Gabrielle L. Caffee
University of Chicago Press, 1961
Paper: 978-0-226-84849-5 | Electronic: 978-0-226-02718-0
ABOUT THIS BOOKTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Birth, puberty, marriage, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function. Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957) was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in man's life, and his phrase for these, "the rites of passage," has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction to the English Edition - Solon T. Kimball

Translator's Note - Monika B. Vizedom

Author's Foreword

I. The Classification of Rites

II. The Territorial Passage

III. Individuals and Groups

IV. Pregnancy and Childbirth

V. Birth and Childhood

VI. Initiation Rites

VII. Betrothal and Marriage

VIII. Funerals

IX. Other Types of Rites of Passage

X. Conclusions

Index