Body Contact and Body Language: Moments of Personal Development and Social and Cultural Learning Processes in Movement Psychology and Education
Keywords:body contact, body language, trust, personal development, social and cultural learning processes, narrative data, performative representations
AbstractBody contact and body language are unique and existential and, although culturally dependent and socially embodied, they are also universal communication forms. For small children all over the world, warm, close and nourishing body contact is fundamental to their embodied experience of themselves and the boundaries between self and world. In western societies, the modern premises for contact are in some ways developing from close contact to virtual communication. With this breadth of perspective in mind, the question is whether conscious and experimental work with body contact and body language in movement psychology and education provide potential for intense personal development as well as for social and cultural learning processes. This performative research project originates from the research project entitled, Movement Psychology: The Language of the Body and the Psychology of Movement based on the Dance Therapy Form Dansergia. The author, who is a practitioner-researcher, is methodologically inspired by phenomenology, performative methods and a narrative and auto-ethnographic approach. The project will be presented in an organic, creative and performative way. Through a moving dialogue between a written text and a visceral on-line performance involving photographs and music, the reader/audience has the possibility to be touched both sensually and intellectually, although through communication is in cyberspace, missing the liveliness of direct body language. See online performance: http://www.viddler.com/player/c3c7a343/. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802637
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