THE SOCIAL METAPHOR OF THE HUMAN BODY: Sociology and Dance. A Search for Meaning in Motion

Dominika Byczkowska-Owczarek 1
1 - Uniwersytet Łódzki
2015; 16 (1):
ICID: 1150835
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
In the article I present sociological interest in dance as a social activity rooted in culture
which combines two manifestations of human existence: the body/physicality and mental/
emotional aspects. I also describe the relationship between culture and dance movement,
I present the most important fields of interest in the sociology of dance, such as
movement, perception and shaping one’s own physicality, use of the body as a tool for
constructing group position and identity, stereotypes and social roles, the role of dance in
education, values and norms adopted by the community, the relationship between dance and the rituals of local communities. In the text one may also find description of the relationship
between sociology of dance and other areas of knowledge, such as sociology of
body, sociology of culture, phenomenology, interactionist sociology, anthropology and
philosophy of dance, performance studies and more. In addition to theoretical issues, in
the article I also present research techniques used in social studies dance, such as interview
(also video and photo elicited), observation and autoethnography. To illustrate the
aforementioned theoretical and methodological issues, I present an example of a sociological
study of dance, which I conducted in the social environment of ballroom dancing.
DOI: 10.5604/20842937.1150835

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