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Ritual Performance And The Senses

Author : Jon P. Mitchell
ISBN : 9780857854964
Genre : Social Science
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Ritual has long been a central concept in anthropological theories of religious transmission. Ritual, Performance and the Senses offers a new understanding of how ritual enables religious representations ? ideas, beliefs, values ? to be shared among participants. Focusing on the body and the experiential nature of ritual, the book brings together insights from three distinct areas of study: cognitive/neuroanthropology, performance studies and the anthropology of the senses. Eight chapters by scholars from each of these sub-disciplines investigate different aspects of embodied religious practice, ranging from philosophical discussions of belief to explorations of the biological processes taking place in the brain itself. Case studies range from miracles and visionary activity in Catholic Malta to meditative practices in theatrical performance and include three pilgrimage sites: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the festival of Ramlila in Ramnagar, India and the mountain shrine of the Lord of the Shiny Snow in Andean Peru. Understanding ritual allows us to understand processes at the very centre of human social life and humanity itself, making this an invaluable text for students and scholars in anthropology, cognitive science, performance studies and religious studies.

The Life Of The Senses

Author : François Laplantine
ISBN : 9781472522382
Genre : Social Science
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Both a vital theoretical work and a fine illustration of the principles and practice of sensory ethnography, this much anticipated translation is destined to figure as a major catalyst in the expanding field of sensory studies. Drawing on his own fieldwork in Brazil and Japan and a wide range of philosophical, literary and cinematic sources, the author outlines his vision for a 'modal anthropology'. François Laplantine challenges the primacy accorded to 'sign' and 'structure' in conventional social science research, and redirects attention to the tonalities and rhythmic intensities of different ways of living. Arguing that meaning, sensation and sociality cannot be considered separately, he calls for a 'politics of the sensible' and a complete reorientation of our habitual ways of understanding reality. The book also features an introduction to the sensory and social thought of François Laplantine by the editor of the Sensory Studies series, David Howes.

The Senses In Performance

Author : Sally Banes
ISBN : 9781134460700
Genre : Performing Arts
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This ground-breaking anthology is the first to be dedicated to assessing critically the role of the human sensorium in performance. Senses in Performance presents a multifaceted approach to the methodological, theoretical, practical and historical challenges facing the scholar and the artist. This volume examines the subtle actions of the human senses including taste, touch, smell and vision in all sorts of performances in Western and non-Western traditions, from ritual to theatre, from dance to interactive architecture, from performance art to historical opera. With eighteen original essays brought together by an international ensemble of leading scholars and artists including Richard Schechner and Philip Zarrilli. This covers a variety of disciplinary fields from critical studies to performance studies, from food studies to ethnography from drama to architecture. Written in an accessible way this volume will appeal to scholars and non-scholars interested in Performance/Theatre Studies and Cultural Studies.

Ritual And Identity

Author : Klaus-Peter Köpping
ISBN : 3825880427
Genre : Social Science
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"To which extent is ritual involved in the formation of collective and personal identities? What are the mechanisms that are responsible for the (mostly pre-reflexive) constitution of identity in ritual; and - equally important - what are the strategies employed by social actors to actively influence and enhance these constitutive processes? In order to find answers to these essential questions, authors refer to case studies from their respective areas of field research such as Japan, Morocco, Taiwan, Korea, India, and the Azores. Kpping is professor of anthropology at the Institute of Ethnology at Heidelberg University and also guest-professor at Goldsmith College London. His research focusses on popular and folk-religious practices in Japan through the lens of performance theories. Leistle is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Ethnology at Heidelberg University. In his research focussing on Moroocan trance rituals he concentrates on theories of the phenomenology of perception.

Senses Of The Empire

Author : Eleanor Betts
ISBN : 9781317057284
Genre : History
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The Roman empire afforded a kaleidoscope of sensations. Through a series of multisensory case studies centred on people, places, buildings and artefacts, and on specific aspects of human behaviour, this volume develops ground-breaking methods and approaches for sensory studies in Roman archaeology and ancient history. Authors explore questions such as: what it felt like, and symbolised, to be showered with saffron at the amphitheatre; why the shape of a dancer’s body made him immediately recognisable as a social outcast; how the dramatic gestures, loud noises and unforgettable smells of a funeral would have different meanings for members of the family and for bystanders; and why feeling the weight of a signet ring on his finger contributed to a man’s sense of identity. A multisensory approach is taken throughout, with each chapter exploring at least two of the senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. The contributors’ individual approaches vary, reflecting the possibilities and the wide application of sensory studies to the ancient world. Underlying all chapters is a conviction that taking a multisensory approach enriches our understanding of the Roman empire, but also an awareness of the methodological problems encountered when reconstructing past experiences.

Sensory Politics

Author : Bradley Robert Erickson
ISBN : 1243543159
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This dissertation explores the productive linkages between ritual practice and the political status of religious and ethnic minorities in contemporary Spain. The ritual techniques studied are constitutive of a sense of local belonging in which sensory experience and thus aesthetic sensibilities are intertwined with ethical orientations, media representations, and institutional practices. The community constituted through these processes is termed a sensory public and its capacity to shape social change, sensory politics. The notion of a sensory public is used to highlight intersubjective experience in shared public space as an emergent site of host-immigrant relations that Catalans have conceptualized as convivencia, or living together. At the onset of the twenty-first century, the Catalan region of Spain became the site of one of the highest rates of immigration into Europe. These newcomers from North Africa, Latin American and Eastern Europe enter a distinct political environment. Catalonia experienced dramatic population inflows in the mid-twentieth century and was the target of cultural genocide during the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975) including a ban of the Catalan language, flag and national anthem, as well as the execution, exile, and imprisonment of political leaders. The return of democracy was accompanied by a resurgence of collective ritual practices such as those of Carnival, saints' days and the performance of castells, or human towers, the latter now featuring widespread immigrant participation. This dissertation challenges the long standing convention in anthropology that ritual primarily serves to circumscribe social interiors. A focus on the sensory aspects of ritual techniques demonstrates the permeability of ritual acts: showing that ritual can simultaneously secure and decenter a social body. Decentering is not dissolution but rather productive of a pluralist sense of unity that allows newcomers to gain access to a mutually acknowledged sense of local belonging. The aesthetic-ethical orientations produced through ritual carry beyond ceremonial contexts, tending to facilitate practices of solidarity and constructive engagement when conflicts occur. Sensory politics, or the interplay between aesthetic sensibilities and ethical social action, provides a nuanced account of social asymmetries in place of the binary of inclusion-exclusion that erases the intersubjectivity and specificity of lived social encounters.

Politik Und Religion In Der Europ Ischen Union

Author : Hartmut Behr
ISBN : 9783531905174
Genre : Political Science
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Wie christlich ist Europa? Wie religiös sind europäische Gesellschaften? Oder gibt es bereits eine europäische Gesellschaft? Und wenn ja, worauf baut sie auf? Glauben wir dem in die Krise geratenen europäischen Verfassungsentwurf, so ist die Europäische Union eine religiös neutrale, wirtschaftliche und politische Gemeinschaft. Verfolgen wir hingegen Europadiskurse in europäischen Gesellschaften von Seiten führender EU-Politiker wie auch von Seiten wissenschaftlicher Diskutanten, so finden wir allerorts Debatten um die, oder eine europäische Werteidentität und ihre religiöse Basis. All das ist genug Stoff, systematisch nach dem Verhältnis von Politik und Religion im europäischen Kontext zu fragen. Da das ordnungspolitisch-institutionelle wie geistige Verhältnis von Politik und Religion in europäischen Staaten, wie andere Politikfelder auch, von Europäisierungsprozessen betroffen sind, stehen ihre Ausgestaltungen in dem Zwiespalt zwischen nationalen Traditionen und religiöser Vielfalt. Unter diesem Topos suchen die Autoren dieses Bandes aus unterschiedlichen empirischen und theoretischen Perspektiven nach Antworten.

Geschichte Der Sinne

Author : Robert Jütte
ISBN : 3406467679
Genre : Perception
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Journal Of Ritual Studies

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ISBN : UVA:X006171694
Genre : Manners and customs
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The Sacred Self

Author : Thomas J. Csordas
ISBN : 0520208846
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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How does religious healing work, if indeed it does? In this study of the contemporary North American movement known as the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Thomas Csordas investigates the healing practices of a modern religious movement to provide a rich cultural analysis of the healing experience. This is not only a book about healing, however, but also one about the nature of self and self- transformation. Blending ethnographic data and detailed case studies, Csordas examines processes of sensory imagery, performative utterance, orientation, and embodiment. His book forms the basis for a rapprochement between phenomenology and semiotics in culture theory that will interest anthropologists, philosophers, psychologists, physicians, and students of comparative religion and healing.

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