How can media and performance studies take a place in the discipline of anthropology?
IRitual, Performance, Media demonstrates how individual inventiveness makes society a process of dynamic interaction between creativity and convention. Human beings perform their roles in accordance with the context of the situation--be it in theater, dance, or rites such as spirit invocation or pilgrimages--yet continue to creatively devise ways of extending their engagement with the situation. Case studies of human behavior in relation to contexts in which reality is more than that of everyday routines shows how people continue to actively construct the world in which they live, for the purpose of personal satisfaction and social advantage.
"Collectively, the essays explore" interconnected factors - transformations of ritual practices, the specificity of place, the creation of popular media, and changes in the wider socioeconomic or political contexts of performance - that affect identity construction and cultural creativity."
-Michelle Flowers, Transforming Anthropology
|Cultural Creativity on Stage|
|Rituals of Concheros Indians in Mexico|
|Christian Pilgrimages to Walsingham|
|Rituals in Shrines in Benin and Nigeria|
|Bullfighting in Cordoba|
|The Performance of the Welsh National Eisteddfod|
|Television in Bali and Ballet Performance|
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Series: Asa Monographs 35
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 6th November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.1
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1