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The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  16 reviews
“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.”
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 9th 1984 by Anchor
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Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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 Life

A 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 existen
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 ...more
Aug 21, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Insightful on the concept of 'time', with a lot of illustrative examples from Native American peoples, yet somewhat repetitive following his previous 'Beyond Culture'.
Neil H
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! There's so much information of value here that to parse them will not do justice to EH. I value the ways we handle time, responses, culture, relationships, business, leisure that has been covered and what we inadvertently missed. The glorious variety of nuances we exhibit towards each other in our own culture and in others in all spectrum of our lives. How our rhythms of music, kinesics, biological imperatives are driven in the most obvious and unique ways that requires deeper insight. Y ...more
Donna Addkison
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cultural-studies
LOVE THIS BOOK! I read it again and again and again.
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthropology
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
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book that has you question any assumptions you may hold about time
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Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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books 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
Nov 19, 2008 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Taylor Ellwood
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
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 ...more
Elinore Koenigsfeld
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.....
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthropology
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
Mar 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
This book is phenomenal, but consider that you'll be reading a textbook.
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Born in Webster Groves, Missouri, Hall taught at the University of Denver, Colorado, Bennington College in Vermont, Harvard Business School, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University in Illinois and others. The foundation for his lifelong research on cultural perceptions of space was laid during World War II when he served in the U.S. Army in Europe and the Philippines.

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