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"Gilmore's study brings new voices and experiences to current debates about religion versus spirituality through her richly textured descriptions of the characters, events, and spaces that make up the seemingly strange but culturally significant Burning Man festival. Readers will discover that Burning Man is a wonderful illustration of the dialectic between self and community at the heart of much of American religion today. Gilmore persuades us that those who trivialize this event by seeing it as a huge party, miss the ways in which Burning Man provides an unusual snapshot of diverse forms of American spiritual-seeking."—Sarah Pike, author of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community

"At the generative core of research in ritual studies is a balancing act: on the one hand, involved; on the other, distanced. On the one hand, committed; on the other, critical. On the one hand, attentively rooted in ethnographic details; on the other, broadly theorized. Theater in a Crowded Fire walks that tightrope with remarkable agility."—Ronald L. Grimes, author of Deeply into the Bone

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The annual Burning Man festival at Black Rock Desert in Nevada has been variously called an alternative community, pagan ritual (involving burning of a giant effigy), and post-modern theater. In this valuable contribution to understanding the nature of this large gathering, participant/observer Gilmore (religious studies and anthropology, California State U., Northridge), co-editor of AfterBurn: Reflections on the Burning Man Festival, offers insights on its history, participants, and practices. From an ethnographic study and online survey, she concludes that Burners are participating in "ritual without dogma." The DVD offers video footage of the event taken by the author. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Every summer, thousands gather from around the world in the blistering heat of Nevada's Black Rock Desert for the seven-day celebration of art, community, and fire known as Burning Man. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of a wooden effigy, this festival is grand-scale theater for self-expression, personal transformation, eclectic spirituality, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why "burners" come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community. Accompanied by a DVD, which provides panoramic views of events, individuals, artworks, and, of course, the climactic final night, the book delves into the varieties of spirituality, ritual, and performance conducted within the festival space.

Synopsis:

Every summer, thousands gather from around the world in the blistering heat of Nevadas Black Rock Desert for the seven-day celebration of art, community, and fire known as Burning Man. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of a wooden effigy, this festival is grand-scale theater for self-expression, personal transformation, eclectic spirituality, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why “burners” come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community. Accompanied by a DVD, which provides panoramic views of events, individuals, artworks, and, of course, the climactic final night, the book delves into the varieties of spirituality, ritual, and performance conducted within the festival space.

About the Author

Lee Gilmore is a Lecturer in Religious Studies and Anthropology at California State University, Northridge. She is coeditor of After-Burn: Reflections on the Burning Man Festival.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Into the Zone

Chapter 2. “Spiritual, but Not Religious”?

Chapter 3. Ritual without Dogma

Chapter 4. Desert Pilgrimage

Chapter 5. Media Mecca

Chapter 6. Burn-a-lujah!

Appendix 1. Demography: The Face of the Festival

Appendix 2. On-Line Survey Design

Appendix 3. Burning Man Organization Mission Statement

Notes

Bibliography

DVD Contents

Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520260887
Author:
Gilmore, Lee
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Gilmore, Lee M.
Author:
Dreby, Joanna
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Marital conflict
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, Includes DVD
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 b/w photographs, 1 line illustration,
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 13 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Every summer, thousands gather from around the world in the blistering heat of Nevada's Black Rock Desert for the seven-day celebration of art, community, and fire known as Burning Man. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of a wooden effigy, this festival is grand-scale theater for self-expression, personal transformation, eclectic spirituality, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why "burners" come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community. Accompanied by a DVD, which provides panoramic views of events, individuals, artworks, and, of course, the climactic final night, the book delves into the varieties of spirituality, ritual, and performance conducted within the festival space.
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Every summer, thousands gather from around the world in the blistering heat of Nevadas Black Rock Desert for the seven-day celebration of art, community, and fire known as Burning Man. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of a wooden effigy, this festival is grand-scale theater for self-expression, personal transformation, eclectic spirituality, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. In this engrossing ethnography of the Burning Man phenomenon, Lee Gilmore explores why “burners” come in vast numbers to transform a temporary gathering of strangers into an enduring community. Accompanied by a DVD, which provides panoramic views of events, individuals, artworks, and, of course, the climactic final night, the book delves into the varieties of spirituality, ritual, and performance conducted within the festival space.
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