Cover image for Researching dance : evolving modes of inquiry
Title:
Researching dance : evolving modes of inquiry
Author:
Fraleigh, Sondra Horton, 1939-
Publication Information:
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780822940845

9780822956846
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library GV1589 .R47 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

This text introduces students to research methods in dance. The editors introduce dance as evolutional, raising issues of definition and naming, defining dance in view of its intrinsic participatory values, its developmental aspects, and its purposes from art to ritual.


Summary

In Researching Dance , an introduction to research methods in dance addressed primarily to graduate students, the editors explore dance as evolutional, defining it in view of its intrinsic participatory values, its developmental aspects, and its purposes from art to ritual, and they examine the role of theory in research. The editors have also included essays by nine dancer-scholars who examine qualitative and quantitative inquiry and delineate the most common approaches for investigating dance, raising concerns about philosophy and aesthetics, historical scholarship, movement analysis, sexual and gender identification, cultural diversity, and the resources available to students. The writers have included study questions, research exercises, and suggested readings to facilitate the book's use as a classroom text.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

Fraleigh (SUNY Brockport) and Hanstein (Texas Women's Univ.) have produced a thorough text with carefully chosen topics representing the breadth of dance issues. The array of topics is stimulating and revealing about the world of critical thought on dance. The book opens with definitions and perceptions of dance and then proceeds through the steps involved in doing research and developing theory in dance. Following this overview are ten well-written articles that focus on various areas of research: postpositivism, experimental design, hermeneutic inquiry, aesthetic perception and intention, historical research, dance ethnography, movement analysis (in the broadest sense), feminist inquiry, and issues of cultural diversity. Each of these chapters could be the focus of a graduate seminar. The book made this reviewer want to go back to graduate school to once again participate in the heady world of ideas, with this text as a guide. It will be extremely useful for graduate students, as well as for dance faculty who teach dance theory classes. Particularly appropriate as a primary text for a graduate seminar that focuses on research in dance. J. Friesen emeritus, University of Houston


Choice Review

Fraleigh (SUNY Brockport) and Hanstein (Texas Women's Univ.) have produced a thorough text with carefully chosen topics representing the breadth of dance issues. The array of topics is stimulating and revealing about the world of critical thought on dance. The book opens with definitions and perceptions of dance and then proceeds through the steps involved in doing research and developing theory in dance. Following this overview are ten well-written articles that focus on various areas of research: postpositivism, experimental design, hermeneutic inquiry, aesthetic perception and intention, historical research, dance ethnography, movement analysis (in the broadest sense), feminist inquiry, and issues of cultural diversity. Each of these chapters could be the focus of a graduate seminar. The book made this reviewer want to go back to graduate school to once again participate in the heady world of ideas, with this text as a guide. It will be extremely useful for graduate students, as well as for dance faculty who teach dance theory classes. Particularly appropriate as a primary text for a graduate seminar that focuses on research in dance. J. Friesen emeritus, University of Houston


Google Preview