Human Action Signs in Cultural Context: The Visible and the Invisible in Movement and Dance
- Publish Date: 1995-01-01
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Brenda Farnell
Despite the tremendous multi-disciplinary upsurge of interest in the body of late, little or no attention has been given to the moving body or rather, the moving person, a situation that is remedied by this book. For the first time, leading scholars in the anthropology of dance and human movement come together to provide a rich sample of their current work, introducing theories and methods that move well beyond the more familiar proxemic and kinesic approaches to body movement and space.
Part 1 consists of ethnographic studies as diverse as Hawaiian dance and poetry, Tai Chi Chuan, Ballet and the Roman Catholic Mass, Australian Aboriginal sign language, Plains Indians sign language, and African-American movement performance. Part 2 complements this ethnographic richness by providing an in-depth commentary, together with a critical examination of several fundamental philosophical and theoretical issues that have been raised.