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Cultures in Motion

Edited by Daniel T. Rodgers, Bhavani Raman and Helmut Reimitz

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print December 2013 | ISBN: 9780691159096
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781400849895
Cultures in Motion

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This book offers new conceptual vocabularies for understanding how cultures have trespassed across geography and social space. From the transformations of the meanings and practices of charity during late antiquity and the transit of medical knowledge between early modern China and Europe, to the fusion of Irish and African dance forms in early nineteenth-century New York, the book follows a wide array of cultural practices through the lens of motion, translation, itinerancy, and exchange, extending the insights of transnational and translocal history. The book challenges the premise of fixed, stable cultural systems by showing that cultural practices have always been moving, crossing borders and locations with often surprising effect. The chapters offer striking examples from early to modern times of intrusion, translation, resistance, and adaptation. These are histories where nothing—dance rhythms, alchemical formulas, musical practices, feminist aspirations, sewing machines, streamlined metals, or labor networks—remains stationary.

Keywords: cultures; charity; medical knowledge; dance; cultural practices; alchemical formula; music; sewing machine; labor network

Book.  384 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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The Challenge Dance in Cultures in Motion

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Knowledge in Motion in Cultures in Motion

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Fashioning a Market in Cultures in Motion

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The True Story of Ah Jake in Cultures in Motion

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Creative Misunderstandings in Cultures in Motion

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Transnational Feminism in Cultures in Motion

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