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Palgrave Macmillan

Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives

Identity, Embodiment and Culture

ISBN 9781137009432
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Dance Ethnography and Global Perspectives presents the work of dance scholars whose professional fieldwork spans several continents and includes studies of the dance and movement systems of varied global communities. It offers a selection of dance ethnographies that represent individual approaches to fieldwork through the medium of traditional dance from around the globe – Bali, Croatia, Japan, Mallorca, Okinawa, the Philippines, Serbia, the United Kingdom, and West Africa. This fascinating collection is divided into three parts that represent different theoretical approaches to the study of dance and identity through the methodology of ethnography. With backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines, such as religious studies, social and cultural anthropology, folklore, history, psychosocial work, and tourism, the authors include various media of film and photographs to enrich their methodologies.

Dr Linda E. Dankworth is an Independent Dance Researcher and was a Co-Director of the Workshops of the World Folk Dance Festival (WFDF) in Palma Mallorca between 2005 and 2011. She was an Assessor for London Arts Dance Unit 2001–02, and worked for many years as a Performance Studies Lecturer and Community Dance Teacher for Camden and Westminster Colleges, AE and FE Institutes in London.

Dr Ann R. David is Reader in Dance and Head of the Dance Department at the University of Roehampton, London where she teaches and researches in dance anthropology and South Asian classical and popular dance culture. She is trained in Bharatanatyam and Kathak, as well as ballet, contemporary and folk dance styles.

Contents
List of Figures
Notes on the Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Global Perspectives in Ethnographic Fieldwork, Theory, and the Representation of Traditional Dance; Linda E. Dankworth and Ann R. David
PART I: ISSUES OF TRADITIONAL, MODERNITY AND AUTHENTICITY
1. Embodied traditions: Gujarati (Dance) Practices of Garba and Raas in the UK Context; Ann R. David
2. How Black Is Black: The Indigenous Atis Compete at the Ati-atihan Festival; Patrick Alcedo
3. Performative Participation: Embodiment of Identities and Relationships in Sabar Dance Events; Elina Seye
PART II: ISSUES OF CULTURAL IDENTITY THROUGH THE INFLUENCES OF SOCIAL DANCE EVENTS AND TOURISM
4. Uncovering the Invisible Female Dancers of Moreska: An Ethnochoreological Analysis; Iva Niemčić
5. Embodying Cultural Identities and Creating Social Pathways through Mallorquin Dance ; Linda E. Dankworth
6. Kecak Behind the Scenes – Investigating the Kecak Network; Kendra Stepputat
PART III: DANCE IN PSYCHOSOCIAL WORK, GENDER AND TEXTUAL REPRESENTATION
7. Forced Displacement, Identity, Embodiment and Change; Allison J. Singer
8. Sounding Contestation, Silent Suppression, Cosmopolitics and Gender in Japanese Flamenco; Yolanda van Ede
9. Embodiment of Cultural Knowledge: An Ethnographic Analysis of Okinawan Dance; Chi-fang Chao
Index

Patrick Alcedo, York University, Canada
Chi-fang Chao, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan
Linda E. Dankworth, Independent Researcher
Ann R. David, University of Roehampton, UK
Iva Niemčić, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research in Zagreb, Croatia
Elina Seye, Tampere, Finland
Allison J. Singer, Independent Researcher
Kendra Stepputat, Kunst University, Austria
Yolanda van Ede, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands






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"This edited volume focuses on dance ethnographic research of scholars from diverse backgrounds including religious studies, social and cultural anthropology, history, psychosocial work, and tourism. It presents context rich ethnographic studies from around the world and examines current theoretical and methodological issues generated from them. This timely volume is a valuable contribution to ethnographic studies in dance." - Catherine Foley, University of Limerick, Ireland
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