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In Body, Movement, and Culture, Sally Ann Ness provides an original interpretive account of three forms of sinulog dancing practiced in Cebu City in the Philippines: a healing ritual, a dance drama, and a "cultural" exhibition dance. Ness's examination of these dance forms yields rich insights into the cultural predicament of this Philippine city and the way in which kinesthetic and visual symbols interact to create meaning.

Ness scrutinizes the patterns of movement, the use of the body and of objects, and the shaping of space common to all three versions of the sinulog. She then relates these elements to the fundamental ways the culture bearers of Cebu City experience their world. For example, she shows how each of the dance forms functions to reinforce class distinctions and to establish a code of authenticated "cultural" action. At the same time, Ness demonstrates, the dances manifest and actualize widely applied notions about the nature of "devotion," "sincerity," "naturalness," and "beauty."

Throughout the text, Ness provides a close analysis of movement that is all too often missing from anthropological studies of dance. Most significantly, she works to relate the movements used in dance to everyday movement and to interpret the attitudes and values that are embodied in both choreographed and quotidian movement.

Important and illuminating, Body, Movement, and Culture is of particular interest to students and scholars of anthropology, folklore, dance, and Asian studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. A Note about Pseudonyms
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Ethnography and Choreography
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. 2. Troubled Times
  2. pp. 18-22
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  1. 3. Views from the Swimming Pool
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. 4. The Looks of the City
  2. pp. 33-57
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  1. 5. The NiƱo
  2. pp. 58-85
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  1. 6. The Tindera Sinulog
  2. pp. 86-97
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  1. 7. Customers and Performers
  2. pp. 98-116
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  1. 8. Latent Symbolism in the Tindera Sinulog
  2. pp. 117-131
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  1. 9. The Troupe Sinulog
  2. pp. 132-153
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  1. 10. Historical Development of the Troupe Sinulog
  2. pp. 154-176
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  1. 11. The Parade Sinulog
  2. pp. 177-198
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  1. 12. The Symbolism of Desired Recognition
  2. pp. 199-218
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  1. 13. The Resilience of the Sinulog
  2. pp. 219-234
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 235-272
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  1. References
  2. pp. 273-286
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781512818222
Related ISBN
9780812213836
MARC Record
OCLC
966913605
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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