“It’s More Fun in the Philippines”
This book identifies key frames that shape and contain the individual, that locate them in time, place, and the specifics of a local culture and imaginary, while tracking how the local expands its expressive home by engaging in a dialogue with regional, national, and diasporic imaginaries. This inquiry starts and returns to the ways in which community-based performance responds to and fulfils basic human needs. By bringing forth the internal, phenomenological and embodied aspects of a range of community-based practices contributing to happiness, that which is inside the body is plotted out through the coordinates of culture. In addition to setting out what participation in an event means and feels like, the book offers a framework that moves through cultural coordinates that interweave individual experience with the collective. Ultimately it seeks out “places” for happiness that are not merely physical and cultural locations but also reside inside the human body.
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