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Coming of Age the RITE WayYouth and Community Development through Rites of Passage$
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David Blumenkrantz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190297336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190297336.001.0001

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On Rites of Passage

On Rites of Passage

Symbols of Initiation

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Coming of Age the RITE Way

David G. Blumenkrantz

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to an analysis of the vision quest described in chapter 3 through the lens of rites of passage. It offers a rationale and provides examples that strengthen the argument that individuals could not be transformed without a context and connection with one’s community and/or culture. If it takes a whole village to raise a child, then it could be suggested that it takes a whole community to recognize an adult. The rite of passage phase of “incorporation” is discussed in relationship to the essential need for youth to be initiated within and by their own community and culture.

Keywords:   ritual, value, ethic, Arnold van Gennep, hero’s journey, theory, change, paradigm

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