Mysticism and ritual : a processual framework for dance as social transformation

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Peggy Hunt (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: This dissertation was concerned with the role of dance in personal and social transformation. The analysis of traditional ritual and mystical forms and the elements of the creative process in the arts, were used as a conceptual framework for this study. The theoretical basis for this dissertation, came from Matthew Fox, who uses art and the creative process as an integral part of his vision of transformation for social change. Part One includes an analysis of the current global problems, as well as an analysis of how the creative process can effect transformation. Part Two analyzes the structure of ritual in effecting transformation, with particular focus on the work of anthropologist Victor Turner. Descriptions of the structure and intent of current rituals from the Wiccan and Native American traditions provide instances of the transformative process and the role of ritual in effecting social change.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Dance $x Philosophy
Social change

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