Book review: The anthropology of geste and rhythm

TitleBook review: The anthropology of geste and rhythm
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsGumede, JThamsanqa
JournalEducational Journal of Living Theories
Volume11
Start Page92
Issue1
Pagination92-100
Date Published06/2018
Type of Articlebook review
ISSN2009-1788
AbstractFor my master's degree I thought I had understood The Anthropology of Geste and Rhythm as it formed my theoretical framework in answering the question: What makes reciters to recite texts with meaning and from memory even though texts are long and complex? After completing my master's degree I read the book again. I discussed my finding with Dr. J. Conolly and we came to the conclusion that the gist of the book was in pages 91 to 92, as they implicitly declare learning is based on mimism to music as the language. I have tried to condense my review but realized that a lot would be missed and then decided to unpack what Jousse says. I realized the importance of pages 91-92 in my own learning, in the learning of others and in the learning of the social formation in which they (people) live and work (Whitehead, 2008, p.104). What has greatly triggered me to like what (Jousse ,1997, pp,91-99) says is about the' inner voice', 'inner ocular (of the eye)' and 'inner auricular (of the ear)' that any teacher needs to know about. I use normal everyday language for clarity, what (Wittgenstein, 1986, p.107)) refers to as 'moving from glacier back to the rough ground' as I use simple language and unpack the jargon that Jousse uses. (Wittgenstein 1886, p.133) we use words not to confuse people but 'For the clarity that we are aiming at is indeed complete clarity. But this simply means that the philosophical problems should completely disappear'. I have also provided a prelude as I believe it will throw some light about who Jousse was as an unknown author to some cultures.
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