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Shaping Society Through Dance: Mestizo Ritual Performance in the Peruvian Andes

Zoila S. Mendoza

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ISBN 10: 0226520072 / ISBN 13: 9780226520070
Edité par The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2011
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Language: English . Brand New Book. During the patron saint fiesta in the Andean town of San Jeronimo, Peru, crowds gather at sunset in the town square, eagerly awaiting the entrance of the colorful dance troupes, or comparsas. At the crossroads of folklore and ritual, mass media and local preferences, and regional and national identity, the comparsas - presented here on on this DVD companion to Zoila S. Mendoza s Shaping Society through Dance - have become a powerful way for the local people to make sense of their place in Peru and in the world. A fascinating look at a rich tradition, this is a compelling example of the anthropology of performance. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780226520070

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Titre : Shaping Society Through Dance: Mestizo ...

Éditeur : The University of Chicago Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Digital

Etat du livre :New

Edition : 2nd ed..

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During the patron saint fiesta in the Andean town of San Jerónimo, Peru, crowds gather at sunset in the town square, eagerly awaiting the entrance of the colorful dance troupes, or comparsas. With their masks, music, and surprising interpretations of contemporary events, the comparsas of the Cusco region are the focus of this multifaceted work. At the crossroads of folklore and ritual, mass media and local preferences, and regional and national identity, the comparsas—recorded here on VHS, DVD, and compact disc—have become a powerful way for the local people to make sense of their place in Peru and in the world. As Zoila Mendoza shows, they do more than reflect societal changes, they actively transform society.

In this fluid world, she argues, racial and ethnic identities are shaped more by notions of what is decent, elegant, and modern rather than by skin color or status. As the different troupes vie for the townspeople's recognition as the most "authentic" group, these notions are challenged and reworked. A fascinating look at a rich tradition, this innovative work is also a compelling example of the critical anthropology of performance.

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