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The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199949298
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Abstract

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing (2017) In recent years, debates on wellbeing have been central in how new criteria about quality of living, policy making and funding priorities were determined across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. New conceptualisations of what constitutes health and how to define the healthy body across a multiplicity of physiological, psychological, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, cultural and financial contexts necessitated a re-examination of the relationship between the physical body and movement , with particular emphasis on how this occurs in dance contexts. A thorough survey of approaches on dance and wellbeing through curating a collection of texts that document original research by scholars, practitioners, teachers, artists, community workers and movement psychotherapists became a matter of urgency. This publication was recently completed to fill this gap. The book contains 49 chapters by authors from all over the world, a total of 300,000 words divided in 5 sections (Dance and the Body, Dance within Performance Contexts, Dance in Education, Dance in the Community, Dance in Health Care Contexts), and includes an online version in multimedia form. Dr Sophia Lycouris was invited by Professor Vicky Karkou to cover all issues of dance as art form, due to her long standing experience as both academic researcher and practising choreographer. She was involved with the development of the proposal, search for authors, evaluation and editing of chapters, and was specifically responsible to develop the Dance within Performance Contexts section. “Oxford Handbooks offer authoritative and up-to-date surveys of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates, as well as a foundation for future research. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences”. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-dance-and-wellbeing-9780199949298?cc=gb&lang=en&#

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