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Dance Circles

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations List of abbreviations Chapter 1. The Shifting Faces of Dance Chapter 2. Cosmopolitan Performing Arts in Twentieth-Century Senegal Chapter 3. A City Across Waters Chapter 4. Drums, Sand and Persons Chapter 5. Images of a Mobile Youth Chapter 6. The Politics of Neo-Traditional Performance Chapter 7. Senegalese 'Contemporary Dance' and Global Arts Circuits Chapter 8. Contemporary Trajectories Chapter 9. Movement, Imagination, and Self-Fashioning Bibliography

About the Author

Helene Neveu Kringelbach is a researcher at the African Studies Centre in Oxford. Since October 2011, she has been leading a Leverhulme-funded research project on transnational families across Senegal, France, and the UK. Her research focuses on dance, musical performance, and popular culture in Senegal and in the diaspora. She recently co-edited, Dancing Cultures: Globalization, Tourism and Identity in the Anthropology of Dance (Berghahn Books, 2012).


"I enjoyed reading this book, which is very well written, focuses on a well-selected range of performance practices in Senegal and makes an interesting contribution to studies in that field. [It] provides intelligent analysis of performances by relating them in interesting and innovative ways, but its main strength lies in... offering wonderful ethnographic detail that brings out the contested nature of dance in relations between dancers and their audiences." * Ferdinand de Jong, University of East Anglia "This is an absolutely first-class study. It ranges across space, genre and time, though with contemporary Senegalese perspectives always to the fore. It is artfully narrated, and the voice of a well-qualified and extremely thoughtful author is clear and distinct throughout. I would put it at the forefront of dance studies today, and it also makes a valuable contribution both to anthropological thinking about expressive culture, and to West Africa studies in general." * Martin Stokes, King's College, London

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