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Body, Dance and Cultural Theory

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ISBN-10: 0333724321

ISBN-13: 9780333724323

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Helen Thomas

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List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.62" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Helen Thomas is Director of Doctoral Programmes at the University of the Arts, London, UK.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Cultural Bodies
The Body in Culture: Before the Body Project
Introduction
Before the body project
The body as symbol
Non-verbal communication
The Body in Culture: The Body Project
Introduction
Bodies of difference
Bodies of discourse
Technologies of power
'Get undressed--but be slim, good-looking and tanned!'
Transcending the body/mind dualism?
Ethnography Dances Back
Introduction
Varieties of ethnography
Postmodernism and feminism: 'the awkward relation'
The researcher as object
Dance ethnography as a situated reflexive bodily practice
Dance, the Body and Cultural Theory
The Body in Dance
Introduction
'The sensible and the intelligible'
The celebration of the visual in ballet
The sense of touch in contact improvisation
Bodily sensing in ballet and contact improvisation
Technical shifts and aesthetic transformations
Water Study--then and now
Reconstructing the Dance: In Search of Authenticity?
Introduction
The real thing?
Reconstruction in context
Varieties of musical authenticity
Dance as it was
Dance as it is/dance as it was
Dance as it is
'Performance museums' and lived traditions
Dance and Difference: Performing/Representing/Rewriting the Body
Introduction
Exoticism, eroticism and auto-eroticism
Representations of women in western theatrical dance
Dance and body politics
Dancing bodies/subjects-in-process
Dance as a metaphor for 'writing the body'
Dancing the Night Away: Rave/Club Culture
Introduction
The 1950s dance hall experience and the 1990s club experience compared
From acid house to rave culture
Dance culture, youth culture and subculture
From subcultures to club cultures
Conclusion
Notes
References
Name Index
Subject index