Dance of the Avatar: Embodying Gender and Culture through Dance

Imre Lázár, MD, PhD
Head of Medical Humanities Research Group, Inst. of Behavioral Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Series: Focus on Civilizations and Cultures
BISAC: MUS011000



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”Dance of the Avatar” is a comprehensive work and includes cultural studies and anthropology of revival movements from a historical perspective; it is focused on the Dance House phenomenon, which includes gender and ethnic aspects from a cultural and medical anthropological context.

This book deals with the theory of tradition and cultural transfer of heritage through pedagogy and counterculture movements, with an emphasis on the the Wundtian contribution and its Hungarian counterparts. The Dance House phenomenon is presented through an auto-anthropological perspective, including the author’s field work results. This book is recommended to those interested in the cultural studies of dance, subcultures and heritage, sociology of culture, ethnochoreology, cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, gender studies, religious studies and human ecology.
(Imprint: Nova)

András Nagy

Chapter 1 -

Tradition and Late Modernity (pp. 1-12)

Chapter 2 -

The Counter Waves of Romanticism and Life Reform Movements (pp. 13-26)

Chapter 3 -

Volksgeist, Traditions and Habitus - Wundt and Karácsony (pp. 27-36)

Chapter 4 -

The Salvage Anthropology of Central European Peasant Culture (pp. 37-46)

Chapter 5 -

Western Remedies with Eastern Vehicula: The Role of Habitus (pp. 47-62)

Chapter 6 -

Peasants and Empires in Modern Times (pp. 63-76)

Chapter 7 -

A Missing Anthropology and Its Contributions (pp. 77-88)

Chapter 8 -

The Past Is Not So Foreign Country, the Anthropologist Is Not an Alien Citizen of It (pp. 89-94)

Chapter 9 -

The Anthropology of Dance: General Considerations (pp. 95-100)

Chapter 10 -

Dance and Habitus in Men‘s Dances (pp. 101-110)

Chapter 11 -

Hungarian Folk Dances and their Researchers (pp. 111-122)

Chapter 12 -

The Language and the Grammar of Folk Dance (pp. 123-132)

Chapter 13 -

Embodied Faith and Memory: Peasants, Regös and Levente Dancers (pp. 133-146)

Chapter 14 -

Dance As a House of Being (pp. 147-166)

Chapter 15 -

Situs Inversus – Dances, Classes and History (pp. 167-170)

Chapter 16 -

Multiple Dance Realities: A Memetic Ecology (pp. 171-182)

Chapter 17 -

Dances of the "Global Village

": Lifestyle, Health Risks and Communities (pp. 183-196)

Chapter 18 -

Camps, Arts and Dances (pp. 197-206)

Chapter 19 -

If We Cannot Dance and Sing: We Die - Health-Related Features of Dances and Songs (pp. 207-222)

Chapter 20 -

We‘ll Be Hungarian As Long As We Sing and Dance Hungarian (pp. 223-238)

Chapter 21 -

Dance and Gender (pp. 239-244)

Chapter 22 -

Re-Enchantment of the Dance (pp. 245-254)

Chapter 23 -

Conclusion in a Human Ecological Frame (pp. 255-262)


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