Sardana and castellers

Moving bodies and cultural politics in Catalonia

in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
Doerte Weig Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

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, a circular dance with set steps, and , human towers, are two types of human movement phenomena in Catalonia of high cultural and political relevance. This article analyses these phenomena through the lens of the moving body. It develops the anthropological and sociological reading of performance in a philosophical and political direction, by emphasising the generative capacity and of the human body and introducing the perspective of a ‘bodily commentary’ on socio‐political developments. This approach can be applied historically or to politics in the making, and here documents the physical and ideological extension of the beyond the into a geopolitical and competitive neoliberal sky.

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