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Michael Schetsche, Renate-Berenike Schmidt (Eds.): Rausch - Trance - Ekstase

Reviewed by Hannes Wendler, 2019-12-09

Cover Michael Schetsche, Renate-Berenike Schmidt (Hrsg.): Rausch - Trance - Ekstase ISBN 978-3-8376-3185-2

Michael Schetsche, Renate-Berenike Schmidt (Eds.): Rausch - Trance - Ekstase. Zur Kultur psychischer Ausnahmezustände. transcript (Bielefeld) 2016. 262 pages. ISBN 978-3-8376-3185-2. D: 29,99 EUR, A: 30,90 EUR, CH: 36,80 sFr.

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The present collection is dedicated to delirium, trance and ecstasy and the culture of exceptional psychical states. The entries discuss the role of consciousness altering substances and practices from the antiquity to the present and investigate non-European as well as European cultural contexts. The fields of study, in which exceptional conscious states are reflected, concern their relation to state control, war, religion, art, etc. and target practises such as dancing, making music, improvement of performance, sex, etc. The entries encompass theoretical analyses, historical reports, psychological interpretations as well as case studies and participating observations. From the totality of the polydisciplinary perspectives, delirium, trance and ecstasy appear as a contrast foil to a rational order of society, that is influenced by enlightenment. Further, they can be seen at the core of escape strategies. Lastly, many central cultural phenomena like music, religion, war and rationality would be rendered incomprehensible as a whole, without regarding the counter-horizon built by – amongst others – exceptional psychical states.

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Hannes Wendler
M.A. (Philosophie), B.Sc. (Psychologie)
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Hannes Wendler, 2019. Review of: Michael Schetsche, Renate-Berenike Schmidt (Ed.): Rausch - Trance - Ekstase. Zur Kultur psychischer Ausnahmezustände. transcript 2016. ISBN 978-3-8376-3185-2. Reihe: Edition Kulturwissenschaft - Band 78. In: socialnet Reviews, 2019-12-09. ISSN 2190-9245. Retrieved 2024-04-16 from https://www.socialnet.de/en/reviews/25981.php.


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