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ERIC Number: EJ872608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Body Consciousness and Somaesthetics in Music Education
Holgersen, Sven-Erik
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v9 n1 p31-44 Jan 2010
The role of the body in music experience is extremely complex and multifaceted, and this is exactly what makes it interesting to discuss the implications such notions as "body consciousness" and "somaesthetics" may have for music experience. Richard Shusterman generally argues that human beings can achieve enhanced life quality through increased body consciousness. In Shusterman's account, "Somaesthetics can be provisionally defined as the critical, meliorative study of the experience and use of one's body as a locus of sensory-aesthetic appreciation (aisthesis) and creative self-fashioning." "Body Consciousness" is the most recent in a series of books and articles intended by Shusterman as a continuous meliorative study of aesthetic practices. "Body Consciousness" is a serious and detailed exploration of theories usually considered remote from each other and seldom discussed within the same context: treatments of the body and embodiment by Foucault, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Wittgenstein, James and Dewey. In this essay, the author offers a number of comments and questions on the topic that arise from a phenomenological perspective. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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