Rhythm Returns: Movement and Cultural Theory

Henriques, Julian F.; Tiainen, Milla and Valiaho, Pasi. 2014. Rhythm Returns: Movement and Cultural Theory. Body & Society, 20(3-4), pp. 3-29. ISSN 1357-034X [Article]

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This introduction charts several of rhythm's various returns as a way of laying out the theoretical and methodological field in which the articles of this special issue find their place. While Henri Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis is perhaps familiar to many, rhythm has appeared in a wide repertoire of guises, in many disciplines over the decades and indeed the centuries. This introduction attends to the particular roles of rhythm in the formation of modernity ranging from the processes of industrialization and the proliferation of new media technologies to film and literary aesthetics as well as conceptualizations of human psychology, social behaviour and physiology. These are some of the historical antecedents to the contemporary understandings of rhythm within body studies to which most of the contributions to this issue are devoted. In this respect, the introduction outlines recent approaches to rhythm as vibration, a force of the virtual, and an intensive excess outside consciousness.

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rhythm, movement, poetry, rythmanalysis, rhythmos, body culture, modernity, phenomenology, psychology, vibration, the virtual

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Topology Research Unit


1 September 2014Published
6 October 2014Published Online

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13 Oct 2014 10:00

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10 Jun 2021 20:47

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