chapter  8
Embodied Perception and the Invention of the Citizen: Javanese Dance in the Indonesian State
ByFELICIA HUGHES-FREELAND
Pages 19

Dance is a particularly useful means of exploring the relationships between nationalism and invocations of aesthetics and ethics in the construction of national identity. Occupying an important place in the sphere of public cultural representations, dance produces persons as well as perceptions of group belonging and the formation of embodied communities. These arguments are at the heart of a critique of Anderson’s (1983) concept of the nation-state as “imagined community,” supporting instead an embodied connection between citizens through a model of plurisensoriality.