This book aimed to achieve several ends. The overarching aim was to demonstrate that dance forms and practices offer a rich set of resources for exploring the possibilities and the limitations of the study of the body in society, a topic which, in the wake of the ‘turn to culture’ in the 1980s, has preoccupied much social and cultural criticism. It also sought to make a contribution to the area of study by giving ‘the body’ an empirical focus, by adopting a dance case studies approach and by drawing on the tools of dance analysis. In order to do this, it was first necessary to situate the chosen dance case studies against the backdrop of a number of key themes and issues that have emerged out of the study of the body in social and cultural theory. The dance case studies gave rise to a number of methodological and theoretical issues which, in turn, aimed to shed light on debates in contemporary cultural theory.


Cultural Theory Body Study Dance Form Modern Dance Social Dance 
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