By S. Dodds
Utilising a cultural conception process, this book explores the connection among renowned dance and price. It lines the transferring price structures that underpin well known dance scholarship and considers how assorted dancing groups articulate advanced expressions of judgment, importance and value via their embodied perform.
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Here, Desmond’s critique clearly calls attention to the social and cultural values that inform how certain subjects are privileged within the academy and others are subsequently marginalized. 9 He proposes that the lack of an available score or text and a universally accepted mode of recording dance creates problems for academics wishing to research this area. Yet he counterpoints this argument in his suggestion that this has not prevented scholars without knowledge of music notation from pursuing the study of music.
Yet where Hirst’s (1993) position loses ground is in his suggestion that, within such a diverse society, some degree of relativism is necessary since a single methodology cannot hope to work neutrally across all of the belief systems in existence. Thus, while Hirst calls for the need to exercise value judgements as a means to assess the validity of social products and practices, his return to a relativist position fails to explain how one goes about making such judgements. Unfortunately, the totalizing perspectives of the absolutist and relativist epistemologies fail to provide a coherent intellectual framework for interrogating how value is produced, adopted and re-envisioned.
In Chapter 5, I explore Frow’s ideas further and employ his notion of ‘regimes of value’ to demonstrate in Part II how popular dance communities create localized and sometimes contested structures of value. Frow’s (1995) other area of critique identifies a key problem within cultural analysis. Methodologically, researchers traditionally seek to suppress value judgements; yet this then skews how they would ordinarily engage with cultural texts, and the object of study potentially loses its meaning.