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  The Irish Dancing: Cultural Politics and Identities, 1900-2000



 
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Authors: Barbara O’Connor
Publication Year: Hardback November 2013
Pages: 192
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781782050414
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This book engages with the role of dance in Irish culture and society over the course of the twentieth century. The book adopts a perspective that sees dance as a prism through which to view key aspects of Irish society over the period under review. Partly thematic, partly chronological this account of dance in Ireland emerges out of a broader interest in the body in society as well as in the construction of national and gender identities. It comprises seven chapters each of which addresses a particular form of cultural identity. These include national, ethnic, gender, social –class, postmodern and global identities. It is structured in such a way that many of the chapters are devoted to a specific identity formation while issues of gender and social class are interwoven into most chapters. Apart from the last chapter on stage/theatrical dance, the book’s main focus is on social/recreational dance. Underpinning the discussion throughout is the assumption that dance both reflects and produces the social, cultural and politic contexts within which it is performed and represented. This is so because bodily movement including dance reflects societal structures, norms and values as attested to by sociologists and dance scholars alike. Interwoven into the dance narrative, therefore, is the ‘flow’ of Irish society over this time; a flow that incorporates social stability and social change, tradition and modernity, men and women, rural and urban, as well as the local, the national and the global. Barbara O'Connor has written extensively on aspects of Irish popular culture including tourism and media audiences/consumption as well as dance. She worked previously as Senior Lecturer in the School of Communications, Dublin City University.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE
The Irish Dancing: Cultural Politics and Identities

CHAPTER TWO
The Body Politic: Dance and National Identity

CHAPTER THREE
The Devil in the Dancehall: Church, State and Dance Regulation

CHAPTER FOUR
Ballrooms of Romance: Dance, Modernity and Consumption

CHAPTER FIVE
Return of the Repressed? Set Dance, Postmodernity and Community

CHAPTER SIX
Dancing the Diaspora: Ethnicity and Cultural Memory

CHAPTER SEVEN
The Riverdance Effect: Culture Industries and Global Irishness

CHAPTER EIGHT
On With the Dance: Concluding Thoughts


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