‘ I confess sincerely that though I set little store by my other books,
my Rites de Passage is like a part of my flesh, and was the result of a kind of inner illumination that suddenly dispelled a sort of darkness in which I had been floundering for almost ten years’ (Gennep, 1960)
I am currently writing my Unruly class term paper about liminality while using Tahrir square 25th revolution as my case study. Surfing the internet watching again these photos, videos and articles about the revolution or the liminality experience that I lived and still living in is pumping all kind of emotions inside me.
Watch these if you want to continue reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_lR3XJ1zTw
The Prayer of Fear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIXAFkXHHRs&feature=youtu.be
It is hard to explain the mixture of sadness, anger, fear, agency, nostalgic and definitely uncertainty that is happening inside me now by reliving the 25th memory while writing. The academic literature is suggesting that liminality is temporary and the establishment of the new order is a must. However, they don’t say how long it lasts, it is experiential, no one really knows, people who are living it decide it themselves. Am I a trickster? Do I want to live a permanent superficial liminality? Szakolczai suggests that tricksters are those who didn’t fit and weren’t accepted under the previous system,yet they are charismatic and people mistakenly think of them as leaders to imitate during the ritual ceremony. These tricksters seek permanent liminality to keep their power and they can literally steal the show.
Nope, I am not a trickster, I am claiming no leadership. None of us in the square dared to say I am the leader of this revolution, yet we were definitely looking for one later. Weber ignored this imitative part and he argued that individuals are forced by the transformative event to look inside themselves, reflect on their experience, find their agency and from this point establish themselves as leaders and collect followers. Looking at myself, my friends, people I know from this event, I agree with Weber on the first part about reflection and experience. Yet, all of these people are busy trying to be the leaders of our own life not collecting followers. May be because we still performing under the same old structure because we only managed to weaken it not abolish it. This means that the first stage of pre-liminality that requires separation from the old structure didn’t really happen. Therefore, our liminality is still limited and we still pushing the limits this can be one suggestion. Another suggestion can be that we are just political subjects who lost faith in all universal systems and still counting the many alternatives inside the in-between space to find the one. But should it be only one? How come one structure can be flexible enough to accommodate us the very diverse political subjects underneath it? Between chaos and one order, between black and white and beyond this duality there is freedom that liminality offering us only if we are brave enough to completely separate and hub on the liminal wave.
In the society liminality, you will not be alone..