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Dancing at the Crossroads: Memory and Mobility in Ireland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2007 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

"Dancing at the crossroads" used to be an opportunity for young people to meet and enjoy themselves on mild summer evenings in the Irish countryside until this practice was banned by the Public Dance Halls Act of 1935. Now a key metaphor in Irish cultural and political life, "dancing at the crossroads" also crystallizes the argument of this book: Irish dance, from Riverdance (the commericial show) to competitive dancing and dance theatre, conveys that Ireland is in a crossroads situations. Irish dance, with a firm base in a distinctly Irish tradition, is becoming a prominent part of European modernity. While this book highlights the captivating tensions and ties surrounding debates on Irish dance, it also aims to extend broader understandings of place, mobility and rooted cosmopolitanism.

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Berghahn Books, Oxford , 2007.
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Dance and Performance Studies, 1
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Social Anthropology Performing Art Studies General Literature Studies Humanities Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10832ISBN: 978-1-84545-328-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-10832DiVA: diva2:177351
Available from: 2008-01-11 Created: 2008-01-11Bibliographically approved

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