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“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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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time Reviews

  • Rowena
    2018-12-04 03:14

    “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: 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 presented, as well as how different cultures perceive time. It's very eye-opening.For a book with an academic focus, this was a very easy read. An interesting one too, and one that can help in our understanding of other cultures. There's even a reference to time in literature:“Clearly, the novelist must comes to grips with time, and how he or she handles it is a good index to mastery of his craft.” Writers such as Proust, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and Kafka were who he mentioned.Edward T. Hall focused much of his research on the Hopi Indians, comparing their concept of time to American and European cultures. I got a lot out of his definitions of monochronic (M-Time) and Polychronic (P-Time) time. Although I come from a P-Time culture, I had never really thought about what that actually meant until I read this book.

  • Tristy
    2018-12-03 03:54

    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's. For that time in history, Edward Hall has a remarkably progressive and open-minded approach to the differences in cultural constructs of time. Also, the author's "Map of Time" was really eye-opening, and helped me understand that there are many different ways to conceive of time and all are equal in their validity (quite a revolutionary thought, even in this day and age!). But in the end, the author makes far to many leaps in his theories that seem to have no evidence to back them up except his own perceived connections. He's also really all over the place - in one short paragraph, he compares jazz, German naming ceremonies and Zen Buddhism with barely any explanation as to why the three are so inter-connected to him. But, all his personal stories are wonderful to read and this is an interesting peek into a very brilliant, if a bit confusing, mind.

  • Randy
    2018-11-24 06:15

    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.

  • Ariel Littlemermaid
    2018-11-20 02:58

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

  • Donna Addkison
    2018-11-23 04:17

    LOVE THIS BOOK! I read it again and again and again.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-12 02:16

    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 -- we're talking decades ago -- and still drum out the cadences. I love to watch my son play the trombone. He starts with foot tapping and is soon moving his entire body. He's always had good rhythm and is what a lot of people describe as a natural athlete.ANYWAY -- Hall suggests that there's a fundamental pulse that unites all living creatures on the earth. Individuals and cultures and places also have their own beat(s). I work, for instance, on a campus that is agriculturally oriented, and the pace there is remarkably slower -- not in a bad way, less frenetic -- than the main campus one mile to the west. I've told people facetiously that you can feel the earth's pulse while you walk across East Campus. Maybe I meant it. The Dance of Life uses cultural differences to get at what may be metaphysical observations.Hall draws from his own and others' experiences working with indigenous cultures. A key point is that American/Europeans (AKA we white folk) view music (and time) as originating externally, delivered via inspired composers or lucky bands that had a big break. In contrast, certain African and American Indian cultures view music as originating internally. He also mentions that Africans tend to be aware of a much broader spectrum of communication than American/Europeans, who overemphasize words. (My experience working with recent African immigrants included the sense that my grasp of body language was very limited -- that I really did not know how to greet people properly, by their standards, even after I learned more -- and that there were some fundamentally very different rhythms and harmonies within the African community that felt like big missing pieces in my experience so far in this lifetime of being human. I'm not idealizing other cultures for their own sake, but really appreciated the vitality that sprung up at the borders where the cultures met.) Hall also describes the phenomenon of synchronicity, and links it to Jung's collective unconscious. I think of it as dropping down into a layer that's closer to The Source, where patterns are a little clearer and entropy has had less effect. Apparently non-random timing is one of the first signs of being in sync with Something, but thought content is part of it, too. A lot of people who know me also know about my "shared field" theory, this idea that we essentially log into common psychic space (cyberspace is good metaphoric training), where people seemingly independently have the same idea at the same time. I often really can't tell whether someone is picking up my thoughts or vice versa, but it's clear that we're tuned into the same wavelength. I can't explain it but rhythm seems to be the underlying medium for transmitting thought, emotion and intent. If anyone knows of anyone who is following up on Hall's work, I would love to hear about it. Meanwhile, I'll be trying to find the common pulse that connects us all.

  • Ellie
    2018-12-13 01:59

    Outstanding book that has you question any assumptions you may hold about time

  • The Hellman Authors
    2018-11-29 23:14

    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-time (the two basic approaches Hall found). I had minority students who understood the need to adapt to the university's M-time, but who ran into major internal and community barriers. And, when I (from the majority culture) tried to move into P-time, I couldn't do it, even though it clearly was more efficient in those instances. Even though understanding doesn't solve the problem, it is an important first step.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-17 07:16

    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 Thirties. Discoveries Among the Navajo and Hopi (1994, Doubleday, New York etc.)

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-21 23:48

    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 language and physical gesture.

  • Taylor Ellwood
    2018-12-11 01:50

    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 he a lot of interesting perspectives to raise.

  • Elinore Koenigsfeld
    2018-12-04 05:02

    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 means.....elinore

  • Linda
    2018-12-04 02:05

    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.

  • Liesl Kruse
    2018-11-18 04:48

    This book is phenomenal, but consider that you'll be reading a textbook.

  • Isabel Mansfield
    2018-12-06 04:58

    Good read