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Space-body-ritual : performativity in the city

by Tiwari, Reena, 1964-

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HT147.I5 T59 2010
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HT147.I5 T59 2010
Set against the contemporary thinking of the city as a spectacle, Space-Body-Ritual: Performativity in the City establishes everyday life in the city as a ground for authentic experience. Reena Tiwari emphasizes the city as a space of lived experience-an intricately layered space giving people a poetic experience, responding to their memories and desires. She also explores the conflict between two ideas: the idea of thee 'city as text' to be read and understood from a distance, and the 'city as body, ' where the body, after writing the text through its performance, achieves the capacity to read and understand it. Space-Body-Ritual demonstrates that the abstract 'seeing' embedded in the 'city as a text' is underwritten by the idea of power operating at deeper levels in the city. This hidden power is the power of the user's body in space. Furthermore, Tiwari proposes that an understanding of the 'city as body' through lived experience-through rhythmanalysis, where rhythms of everyday and extra everyday practices are understood-leads to the design of an environment that is evocative and is able to generate a bodily response from the user. To understand the rhythms, it becomes essential to know the way users inhabit, understand and map or present the city spaces by their bodies. Space-Body-Ritual will compel its readership to think of the parameters of spatial design as cultural generator.
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Subjects City and town life -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh : District)
Sociology, Urban -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh : District)
Public spaces -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh : District)
Spatial behavior -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh : District)
Human body -- Social aspects -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh : District)
Human body -- Symbolic aspects -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh : District)
Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh, India : District) -- Social life and customs.
Publisher Lanham, Md. :Lexington Books,2010
Language English
Description x, 157 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780739128572 (cloth : alk. paper)
0739128574 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780739147634 (electronic)
0739147633 (electronic)
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