Title

Victor Turner

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1999

Publication Title

American National Biography

Abstract

Extract: Turner, Victor Witter (28 May 1920–18 December 1983), anthropologist, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Norman Turner, an electronics engineer, and Violet Witter, an actress in the Scottish National Theater. He spoke of his career as a lifelong effort to mediate between their “two cultures”—the paternal heritage of science and the maternal heritage of the arts. “No wonder,” he recalled, “that in time I became an a member of a discipline poised uneasily” between a nineteenth-century model of the natural sciences and the humanities....

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