Anthropology and the Dance: Ten Lectures / Edition 2

Anthropology and the Dance: Ten Lectures / Edition 2

by Drid Williams
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0252071344

ISBN-13: 9780252071348

Pub. Date: 07/28/2004

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

This paperback edition of Anthropology and the Dance is a lively, controversial examination and discussion of theories of dance by the pioneer of the anthropology of human movement. Drid Williams's definitive text is explicitly intended for graduate students in anthropology faced with the wide spectrum of theories of human movement, including dance, sign language,

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This paperback edition of Anthropology and the Dance is a lively, controversial examination and discussion of theories of dance by the pioneer of the anthropology of human movement. Drid Williams's definitive text is explicitly intended for graduate students in anthropology faced with the wide spectrum of theories of human movement, including dance, sign language, martial arts, and rituals. With its groundbreaking approach to this previously unexamined field, however, Anthropology and the Dance brings the study of human movement to readers in fields such as philosophy, psychology, sociology, ethnomusicology, library science, physical education, history, music, linguistics, dance, and dance education. Williams examines subjects ranging from Aboriginal and African dances to the Royal Ballet, and makes a compelling case for moving beyond the Western view of the dance as mere entertainment, locating human movement firmly and irrefutably within the sphere of serious study. Anthropology and the Dance: Ten Lectures is the thoroughly rewritten second edition of Ten Lectures on Theories of the Dance (1991). Included are a glossary of terms, indexes and notes, an updated bibliography, and an appendix, "An Exercise in Applied Personal Anthropology."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252071348
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Prefacexiii
1.Introductory1
2.Why Do People Dance?19
3.Emotional, Psychologistic, and Biological Explanations40
4.Intellectualistic and Literary Explanations63
5.Religious and Quasi-religious Explanations84
6.Functional Explanations104
7.Bibliographic Controls130
8.Body Language(s)149
9.Modern Theories of Human Action174
10.Human Behavior201
Afterword221
AppendixAn Exercise in Applied Personal Anthropology231
Glossary of Terms255
Notes263
Bibliography273
Author Index291
Subject Index295

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