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Aesthetics in Performance: Formations of Symbolic Construction and Experience

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Aesthetics in Performance

Formations of Symbolic Construction and Experience

Edited by Angela Hobart and Bruce Kapferer

252 pages, index

ISBN  978-1-57181-567-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2005)

ISBN  978-1-84545-315-2 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (December 2006)

eISBN 978-1-78238-204-1 eBook

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“There is much to recommend in this volume…a fascinating array of cases …an excellent job [by the editors] of introducing the main issues…many of the essays are accompanied by illustrations and photographs that enhance and exemplify the arguments.”  ·  Eyal Ben-Ari in JRAI


In various ways, the essays presented in this volume explore the structures and aesthetic possibilities of music, dance and dramatic representation in ritual and theatrical situations in a diversity of ethnographic contexts in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Each essay enters into a discussion of the “logic” of aesthetic processes exploring their social and political and symbolic import. The aim is above all to explore the way artistic and aesthetic practices in performance produce and structure experience.

Angela Hobart is the coordinating lecturer at Goldsmiths College on Intercultural Therapy and lectures at the British Museum on the Art and Culture of South East Asia.

Bruce Kapferer is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Adjunct Professor at James Cook University and Honorary Professor at University College London.

Subject: Performance Studies General Anthropology General Cultural Studies


List of Illustrations

Introduction: The Aesthetics of Symbolic Construction and Experience
Bruce Kapferer and Angela Hobart

Chapter 1. Making Grown Men Weep
William O. Beeman

Chapter 2. The Buzz of God and the Click of Delight
David Shulman

Chapter 3. Songs of Love, Images of Memory
Saskia Kersenboom

Chapter 4. The Hindu Temple and the Aesthetics of the Imaginary
Rohan Bastin

Chapter 5. Where Divine Horsemen Ride: Trance Dancing in West Africa
Steven M. Friedson

Chapter 6. Sorcery and the Beautiful: A Discourse on the Aesthetics of Ritual
Bruce Kapferer

Chapter 7. Transformation and Aesthetics in Balinese Masked Performances—Rangda and Barong
Angela Hobart

Chapter 8. A Concise Reflection on the Brazilian Carnival
Roberto DaMatta

Chapter 9. Bureaucratic Logic, Bureaucratic Aesthetics: The Opening Event of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day in Israel
Don Handelman

Chapter 10. Compassion for Animals, Indifference to Humans: Non- and Misperceptions among Circus Audiences in 1970s Britain
Yoram S. Carmeli

Notes on Contributors

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