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Ritual, performance and the senses

Author: Michael Bull; Jon P Mitchell
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. ©2015
Series: Sensory studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ritual, Performance and the Senses is a unique and timely collection at the heart of which is an experiment in anthropological theory. It explores the possibility of developing a new anthropology of ritual by combining theoretical insights from three distinct domains of anthropological inquiry: cognitive/neuroanthropology, performance studies and the anthropology of the senses. These three areas of study are often  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Bull; Jon P Mitchell
ISBN: 9780857854735 0857854739 9781350001510 1350001511
OCLC Number: 898153948
Description: x, 208 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Michael Bull and Jon P. Mitchell --
Ontology, mimesis and divine intervention : understanding Catholic visionaries / Jon P. Mitchell --
Ritual action shapes our brains : an essay in neuroanthropology / Robert Turner --
The importance of repetition : ritual as a support to mind / Greg Downey --
Place-making in the 'Holy of Holies' : The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem / Trevor H.J. Marchand --
The spaces and places of Ramnagar Ramlila / Richard Schechner --
'Inner movement' between practices of mediation, martial arts and acting : a focused examination of affect, feeling, sensing and sensory attunement / Phillip B. Zarrilli --
Exploring the Andean sensory model : knowledge, memory and the experience of pilgrimage / Zoila Mendoza --
Sensation and transmission / David Howes.
Series Title: Sensory studies series.
Responsibility: [edited by] Michael Bull and Jon P. Mitchell.

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"Ritual, Performance and the Senses is a unique and timely collection at the heart of which is an experiment in anthropological theory. It explores the possibility of developing a new anthropology of ritual by combining theoretical insights from three distinct domains of anthropological inquiry: cognitive/neuroanthropology, performance studies and the anthropology of the senses. These three areas of study are often considered, and indeed operate institutionally, as distinct academic sub-fields, and yet they share substantive objects of study, with their focus on experience, the body and the relationships between percept, concept and action. Bringing together scholars from each of these disciplines to consider the potential for drawing insights from each area to help to theorize ritual, this collection sheds new light on one of anthropology's most enduring research objects: by understanding ritual we understand processes at the very centre of human social life - of humanity itself. This will be invaluable reading for students and scholars of anthropology, cognitive science, performance studies and religious studies"--
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This is an excellent collection of articles that are both theoretically and empirically rich and offer innovative approaches to long-standing concepts. * Religion and Society: Advances in Research * Read more...

 
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