Dharma Dancing: Ballroom Dancing And The Relational Order

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Extending Norman Denzin's innovations in ethnography, and reflecting his concerns with cultural interpretation and visual media, this article offers a multimedia excursion into the conjunction of ballroom dancing and relational theory. By creating a relationship between multiple media (photography and videography) and modes of human communication (poetry, prose, dance, visual art), the article brings forth possibilities not contained in any one alone. Simultaneously, the authors attempt to expand on the implications of relational theory. Through visual art, poetry, and prose, the authors discover new facets of what it means to be related and variously bring into focus issues of aesthetics, gender, power, and the dynamics of daily life.

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