Anthropology and the Dance: Ten Lectures / Edition 2

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Overview

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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252071348
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introductory 1
2 Why do people dance? 19
3 Emotional, psychologistic, and biological explanations 40
4 Intellectualistic and literary explanations 63
5 Religious and quasi-religious explanations 84
6 Functional explanations 104
7 Bibliographic controls 130
8 Body language(s) 149
9 Modern theories of human action 174
10 Human behavior 201
App An exercise in applied personal anthropology
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