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The Anthropology of Performance -- Contents -- Acknowledgments to Sources -- The Anthropology of Performance: An Introduction -- Part I: Performance in Prehistory and Antiquity -- 1 Singing the Rug: Patterned Textiles and the Origins of Indo-European Metrical Poetry -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- 2 Performance and Written Literature in Classical Greece: Envisaging Performance from Written Literature and Comparative Contexts -- Song Culture -- Conclusion -- NOTES -- Part II: Verbal Genres of Performance -- 3 Playing the Dozens -- Dozens' Replies -- NOTES -- 4 The La Have Island General Store: Sociability and Verbal Art in a Nova Scotia Community -- APPENDIX -- TEXT A -- Text B -- NOTES -- 5 Proverbs and the Ethnography of Speaking Folklore -- Introduction -- Studying Proverbs as Communication -- Some Yoruba Proverbs of Child Training -- Discussion -- Proverbs and Channel -- Conclusion -- APPENDIX -- NOTE -- REFERENCES -- 6 Gbaya Riddles in Changing Times -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- 7 Shadows of Song: Exploring Research and Performance Strategies in Yolngu Women's Crying-Songs -- Arnhem Land Performance Research -- Seeing Musically -- Strategies of Formation and Location -- Conclusion -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- Part III: Ritual, Drama, and Public Spectacle -- 8 Prayer as Person: The Performative Force in Navajo Prayer Acts -- An Outline of Navajo Ceremonialism -- Holyway Ceremonials -- Holyway Prayer -- Name mention -- Offering/smoke -- Imperative to remake -- Removal and dispersion -- Recovery -- Pleasantness regained -- The Prayer as a Pragmatic Act -- "Doctrine of the Infelicities" -- Conclusion -- NOTES -- 9 Performance and the Cultural Construction of Reality -- Introduction: Meaning-centered Analyses of Ritual -- Limitations of the meaningcentered approach -- The Kaluli Setting -- The Seance Performance -- Playing the Urgency of the Social Situation.
The seance setting -- The Strategy of the Songs -- Performance unity and integrity -- Performance momentum -- The spirits -- The "audience" -- The Ostensible Work of the Seance -- Dialogic modes of constructing reality -- Dramaturgical means of constructing reality -- Seance Performance and the Construction of Cosmological Context -- Implications for the notion of "belief system" -- Conclusion -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- 10 "He Should Have Worn a Sari": A "Failed" Performance of a Central Indian Oral Epic -- The Candaini Epic and Its Performance -- The Failed Performance -- Audience Expectation and Performance Language -- Toward New Performance Languages -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- 11 Representing History: Performing the Columbian Exposition -- NOTES -- 12 The Palio of Siena: Performance and Process -- Siena -- The Contrada -- Contrada Structure -- Contrada Members -- The Individual and Contrada Life -- Role Reversals -- Space and Time -- After the Palio -- Discussion -- Conclusion -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- Part IV: Performance and Politics in the Making of Communities -- 13 Poetry and Politics in a Transylvanian Village -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- 14 The Matter of Talk: Political Performances in Bhatgaon -- Bhatgaon: A Fiji Indian Community -- Contexts -- Textures -- Texts -- Unconventional Performances -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- 15 Celebrating Cricket: The Symbolic Construction of Caribbean Politics -- Blacks in Whites -- Food, liquor, clothing, and money -- The stock market -- Festival and politics -- Conclusion -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- 16 Performing the Nation: China's Children as Little Red Pioneers -- Accounting for Nationalism -- Performing the Nation -- The Little Red Pioneers -- Pioneers and the Nation -- Fear of Water: Performance, Reiteration, and "Getting It Wrong" -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- Part V: Tourist Performances and the Global Ecumene.
17 The Promise of Sonic Translation: Performing the Festive Sacred in Morocco -- The Festive Sacred and the Promise of Sonic Translation -- Learning to Listen the Nation -- The Festive Sacred: Beyond the Nation -- Defining the Sacred -- The Fes Festival of Sacred Music In Situ -- "The Spirit of Fes" and and the Reification of Place -- Attending to Audition -- Sufi Nights, Sacred Tourism -- "Giving Soul to Globalization" -- Conclusion: Sacred Aesthetics and the Festive Sacred -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- 18 Ethnic Tourism in Hokkaidoˆ and the Shaping of Ainu Identity -- Introduction -- Ethnic Tourism and the Commoditisation of Cultures -- Ainu Ethnic Tourism in Hokkaid^ -- Tourism and the Ainu -- Tourism, Ainu Cultural Expressions, and Ainu Ethnic Identities -- Towards the Future -- NOTES -- 19 What They Came With: Carnival and the Persistence of African Performance Aesthetics in the Diaspora -- Phenomenology and the Theory of Translocation -- Semiological Similarities between African Festivals and Diasporic Carnivals -- Myth in African and African Diasporic Festival/Carnival Performance -- Conclusion: Carnival as an Encyclopedia of Other Literacies -- REFERENCES -- 20 Global Breakdancing and the Intercultural Body -- Hip Hop's Global Proliferation -- Urban Movement in Hawai'i -- Performing Race: Performativity as Complex Embodiment -- Hip Hop's Two-Pronged Bodily Text -- Hip Hop Postmodernity: Dimensions of Late Capitalism and Cultural Studies -- Conclusions -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- Further Readings -- Index.
The Anthropology of Performance is an invaluable guide to this exciting and growing area. This cutting-edge volume on the major advancements in performance studies presents the theories, methods, and practices of performance in cultures around the globe. Leading anthropologists describe the range of human expression through performance and explore its role in constructing identity and community, as well as broader processes such as globalization and transnationalism. Introduces new and advanced students to the task of studying and interpreting complex social, cultural, and political events from a performance perspective Presents performance as a convergent field of inquiry that bridges the humanities and social sciences, with a distinctive cross-cultural perspective in anthropology Demonstrates the range of human expression and meaning through performance in related fields of religious & ritual studies, folkloristics, theatre, language arts, and art & dance Explores the role of performance in constructing identity, community, and the broader processes of globalization and transnationalism Includes fascinating global case studies on a diverse range of phenomena Contributions from leading scholars examine verbal genres, ritual and drama, public spectacle, tourism, and the performances embedded in everyday selves, communities and nations.
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