The Politics of Cultural Performance

Author:   David Parkin ,  Lionel Caplan ,  Humphrey Fisher
Publisher:   Berghahn Books, Incorporated
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9781571819253


Pages:   294
Publication Date:   01 March 1996
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The Politics of Cultural Performance


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The line between what is regarded by people as traditional and modern is constantly being altered by new configurations of power. These essays examine the ways in which such changes are both communicated and created through cultural performances in diverse ethnographic settings. Examples are drawn from a wide range of forms and expressions: divinatory sequences, spirit possession rites, state ceremonials, village feasts, pilgrimages, language-use and craft specialisms. It was Abner Cohen, to whom this volume is dedicated, who first suggested that a dialectical relationship existed between power and symbolism. This concept, as developed in his seminal work, has since become a growing area of study as reflected in this important collection. By questioning some of the directions, the authors make a major interdisciplinary contribution to the study of cultural performance as a key factor in power relationships. The principal stage is Africa, but comparative ethnographic data are drawn from Ireland, Italy, South Asia, and the United Kingdom.

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Author:   David Parkin ,  Lionel Caplan ,  Humphrey Fisher
Publisher:   Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Imprint:   Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 1.80cm , Length: 22.00cm
Weight:   0.435kg
ISBN:  

9781571819253


ISBN 10:   1571819258
Pages:   294
Publication Date:   01 March 1996
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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David Parkin is Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

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