Additional Theoretical Reflections

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:
Additional Theoretical Reflections

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The core value in the odyssey experience is the temporary lifting of routines, punctuated by a phase of less structured threshold, and resulting in a restructuring and re-entry into the world of routine on a new and presumably regenerated basis. One aspect of the pervasiveness of the odyssey experience is that it seems to be resistant to its own decline or disappearance. The fundamental dynamic of the odyssey is a principle that filters through further into the general psychological and social processes of life.

Keywords: essence; odyssey; fundamental; psychology; life

Chapter.  3969 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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