Book review of "Dancing from Past to Present: nation, culture, identities" by Theresa Jill Buckland, University of Wisconsin Press, USA

Henry, Rosita (2008) Book review of "Dancing from Past to Present: nation, culture, identities" by Theresa Jill Buckland, University of Wisconsin Press, USA. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 19 (2). pp. 245-247.

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[Extract] In this collection of absorbing case studies on dance, the authors aim to reveal how ethnography might fruitfully be combined with history to better understand the social significance of dance in particular cultural contexts. Each contributor draws on long term field experience, as well as on archival and oral history. Significantly, the authors reflect up their own histories of research and the various approaches that they have used to investigate dance as cultural practice. As such, the collection is informed by the reflexive turn in anthropology. In focusing on dance in relation to power and nationalist agendas, the volume also provides a welcome addition to a burgeoning anthropological literature on the performative dimensions of political power in relation to the state.

Item ID: 25104
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
Keywords: dance anthropology, anthropology of performance, dance ethnography, cultural studies
ISSN: 1757-6547
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2013 00:22
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) @ 100%
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