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Performing the self: An insight into the formation of self as dancer

Chua, Yung Ching (2014) Performing the self: An insight into the formation of self as dancer. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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The relationship between mind, body and self is a contentious issue that has concerned both ancient and modern philosophers. Recently, new research has emerged based on Zen Buddhism and the Husserlian based phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty and focusing on the concept of Leib; of a lived body and embodied self, existing in specific biological and social conditions. Through the aesthetics of dance, I will explore how the social body techniques of our specific life-worlds and the conditions of our physical world shape our perception of mind-body unity. In this way, being cannot be understood as a state we arrive at through self-cultivation, but rather a process through which we use self-cultivation techniques to negotiate to be recognised as functional, social beings. The self is therefore not a static entity but one that is performed over again in a process that creates space for both physical, social and intellectual growth.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Supervisor(s): Moody, David
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