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Dance, Anthropology of
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8200-7980
2015 (English)In: International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences: Vol. 5 / [ed] James D. Wright, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015, 2 uppl., 666-670 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Dance as a topic for systematic anthropological investigation was established in the 1960s. As the Western category of dance did not always work in a cross-cultural perspective, bounded rhythmical movements were identified, as well as dance events. Dance is an expression of wider social and cultural situations, often indicating transition or conflict, as well as unity. Dance anthropologists study all forms of dance, Western and non-Western, ranging from ritual dance and social dance to streetdance and staged dance performance. Dance and movement are understood in relation to theories of the body and gender, and to ethnicity, nationalism, and transnationality.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015, 2 uppl.. 666-670 p.
Keyword [en]
anthropology of dance
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126746ISBN: 9780080970868OAI: diva2:903132
Available from: 2016-02-13 Created: 2016-02-13 Last updated: 2016-02-17Bibliographically approved

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