Some Coercive Odyssey Experiences

Neil J. Smelser

in The Odyssey Experience

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943421 | DOI:
Some Coercive Odyssey Experiences

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Coercive experiences are considered as rites of transition, and most inflict suffering on those experiencing them. Anthropologists have noted that such rites are almost universally accompanied by the imposition of pain, sometimes extreme and sometimes resulting in mutilation. With regard to pain, the experience only provides a psychological rationale for the victims to inflict like pain on future generations of those who will initiate.

Keywords: coercive; experience; rites; pain; initiation

Chapter.  6466 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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