Ritual, Performance, Media / Edition 1

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How can media and performance studies take a place in the discipline of anthropology?

IRitual, Performance, Media demonstrates how individual inventiveness makes society a process of dynamic interaction between creativity and convention. Human beings perform their roles in accordance with the context of the situation--be it in theater, dance, or rites such as

spirit invocation or pilgrimages--yet continue to creatively devise ways of extending their engagement with the situation. Case studies of human behavior in relation to contexts in which reality is more than that of everyday routines shows how people continue to actively construct the

world in which they live, for the purpose of personal satisfaction and social advantage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415163385
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: ASA Monographs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Theatre as a site of passage: some reflections on the magic of acting 29
2 Performing pilgrimage: Walsingham and the ritual construction of irony 46
3 Ritual, performance and media urban contemporary shrine configurations in Benin City, Nigeria 66
4 From ritualization to performativity: the Concheros of Mexico 85
5 Perspectives towards ballet performance: exploring, repairing and maintaining frames 104
6 From ritual sacrifice to media commodity: anthropological and media constructions of the Spanish bullfight and the rise of women performers 121
7 'A oes heddwch?' Contesting meanings and identities in the Welsh National Esiteddfod 141
8 Macedonian culture and its audiences: an analysis of Before the Rain 160
9 Hard sell: commercial performance and the narration of the self 177
10 Problematizing performance 194
11 Bound and unbound entities: reflections on the ethnographic perspectives of anthropology vis-a-vis media and cultural studies 208
Index 229
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