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Meeting PlaceThe Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685363

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685363.001.0001

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In Passing

In Passing

(p.103) In Passing
Meeting Place

Paul Carter

University of Minnesota Press

Even in meeting places very few people meet: most pass by. In Aboriginal Australia, the choreography of non-meeting is institutionalized. There follows a discussion of a famous episodein the anthropological literature – a meeting between two clans outside Alice Springs reported by Spencer and Gillen. In his critique of their account, T.G.H. Strehlow makes it clear that this was an exceptional performance ‘put on’ for a third person (Gillen). The ceremonies performed at that time and place aimed to maintain existing boundaries and minimize illicit contact.

Keywords:   Eros, Encounter, Public space, Choreography, The common place, Giacometti, Discourse, performance

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