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Valuing Dance: Commodities and Gifts in Motion

Susan Leigh Foster


Because dance materializes through and for people, because we learn to dance from others and often present dance to others, the moment of its transmission is one of dance’s central and defining features. Valuing Dance looks at the occasion when dancing passes from one person to another as an act of exchange, one that is redolent with symbolic meanings, including those associated with its history and all the labor that has gone into its making. It examines two ways that dance can be exchanged, as commodity and as gift, reflecting on how each establishes dance’s relative worth and merit differen ... More

Keywords: dance, value, materiality, global marketplace, exchange, teaching, choreographing, performing, viewing, gift, commodity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190933975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190933975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Leigh Foster, author
Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, University of California - Los Angeles

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