The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time

The Dance of Life The Other Dimension of Time Hall whose Beyond Culture and The Silent Language won a wider readership has written a ground breaking investigation of the ways we use and abuse time rich in insights applicable to our lives Busin

  • Title: The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time
  • Author: Edward T. Hall
  • ISBN: 9780385192484
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hall, whose Beyond Culture and The Silent Language won a wider readership, has written a ground breaking investigation of the ways we use and abuse time, rich in insights applicable to our lives Business readers will enjoy the cross cultural comparison of American know how with practices of compartmentalized German, centralized French, and ceremonious Japanese firms P Hall, whose Beyond Culture and The Silent Language won a wider readership, has written a ground breaking investigation of the ways we use and abuse time, rich in insights applicable to our lives Business readers will enjoy the cross cultural comparison of American know how with practices of compartmentalized German, centralized French, and ceremonious Japanese firms Publishers WeeklyIn his pioneering work The Hidden Dimension, Edward T Hall spoke of different cultures concepts of space The Dance of Life reveals the ways in which individuals in culture are tied together by invisible threads of rhythm and yet isolated from each other by hidden walls of time Hall shows how time is an organizer of activities, a synthesizer and integrator, and a special language that reveals how we really feel about each other Time plays a central role in the diversity of cultures such as the American and the Japanese, which Hall shows to be mirror images of each other He also deals with how time influences relations among Western Europeans, Latin Americans, Anglo Americans, and Native Americans.First published in 1983, this book studies how people are tied together and yet isolated by hidden threads of rhythm and walls of time Time is treated as a language, organizer, and message system revealing people s feelings about each other and reflecting differences between cultures.

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    1. “The study of time has led the human species out into the universe, down into the heart of the atom, and is the basis of much of the theory concerning the nature of the physical world.”- Edward T. Hall, The Dance of LifeA few years ago I read an interesting essay entitled "The Tyranny of the Clock" by George Woodstock (see: spunk/library/writers/). Edward T. Hall expands upon this essay in many ways. This book is about the fascinating topic of time. The kinds of time in existence are present [...]

    2. I've got mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it really shows it's age - published in 1983, it has a very dated, simplistic anthropological approach to culture and how "other" cultures differ from the "American European" culture. On the other hand, there is some really sensitive, in-depth exploration of the differences in the way different cultures view, access, talk about, and experience time. I was particularly fascinated by the author's work with Hopi and Navajo people in the 1930 [...]

    3. Actually anthropology. Makes an arguments for 9 different kinds of time: Biological time, personal time, physical time, metaphysical time, micro time, sync time, sacred time, profane time, and meta time. Read it to find out what the hell he's talking about.

    4. Insightful on the concept of 'time', with a lot of illustrative examples from Native American peoples, yet somewhat repetitive following his previous 'Beyond Culture'.

    5. I just reread The Dance of Life, by E.T. Hall, and discovered how much it has influenced my thinking. I have no idea why or where I bought it at some point in the 1990s, other than it must have looked interesting. At times I describe myself as a "rhythm junkie." If I'm at an exercise class with music, I move to the beat, and it drives me nuts on the rare occasions when teachers don't. If there's music in a store, I have a hard time not moving to it. I was in a drum and bugle corps in high school [...]

    6. This book is a must read. I read it about 20 years ago when I was actively working to defuse ethnic tension -- of which there was a lot -- at a major university. Normally, talking about different cultures' senses of time is a way to get people really mad, but Hall's non-judgmental approach was a great way to get people on both sides of the ethnic divide to better understand what was going on. Unfortunately, intellectual understanding is not the same as being able to move between M-time and P-tim [...]

    7. first editionwith dustjacketadequate condition for book, dust jacket is raggedbooks by this author:The Silent Language (1959) The Hidden Dimension (1969) Beyond Culture (1976) The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time (1983) Handbook for Proxemic Research Hidden Differences: Doing Business with the Japanese An Anthropology of Everyday Life: An Autobiography (1992, Doubleday, New York) Understanding Cultural Differences - Germans, French and Americans (1993, Yarmouth, Maine) West of the Thir [...]

    8. The first 2/3rds of the book compare cultures through a lens of time. Hall's anecdotal narrative comparing Hopi and Navajo concepts of time to American concepts of time is the most interesting of this first part, due to his extensive time spent working among Native Americans. The best part of book starts with the chapter "The Dance of Life," where Hall discusses interpersonal synchrony and William Condon's concept of entrainment and the organizing function of kinesic rhythm as observed in langua [...]

    9. In this book Hall explores how different cultures approach and integrate the concept of time into their lives. He explores in depth how the cultural differences can impact peoples interactions with each other, as well as how we can be more aware of the cultural differences as it pertains to temporal awareness. I felt that this book wasn't as dynamic as his previous works. I still got a lot out of it, but it did seem like he was rehashing a lot of his earlier work. I'd still recommend it, because [...]

    10. I'm re-reading this now--ususual for me--there's so much in it about cultural differences and concepts--takes you "out of the box" of our own way of thinking, and gives insights into Spanish, American Indian, Japanese, etc.--concepts and mentality.Living in Israel, one is constantly running into conflicts and misunderstandings because of cultural differences.This book goes deeply into different ways of living and what it meanselinore

    11. Although a bit simplistic in its analysis of how different cultures utilize time for organization and communication, Hall's book does offer food for thought especially in a global world where the interaction between different cultures is frequent and needs to be understood.

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