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Embodied Communities

Dance Traditions and Change in Java

Embodied Communities by Felicia Hughes-Freeland
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Court dance in Java has changed from a colonial ceremonial tradition into a national artistic classicism. Central to this general transformation has been dance's role in personal transformation, developing appropriate forms of everyday behaviour and strengthening the powers of persuasion that come from the skillful manipulation of both physical and verbal forms of politeness. This account of dance's significance in performance and in everyday life draws on extensive research, including dance training in Java, and builds on how practitioners interpret and explain the repertoire. The Javanese case is contextualized in relation to social values, religion, philosophy, and commoditization arising from tourism. It also raises fundamental questions about the theorization of culture, society and the body during a period of radical change.

Berghahn Books; November 2008
304 pages; ISBN 9781845458683
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Title: Embodied Communities
Author: Felicia Hughes-Freeland
 
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