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American allegory : Lindy hop and the racial imagination

Author: Black Hawk Hancock
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
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"Perhaps," wrote Ralph Ellison more than seventy years ago, "the zoot suit contains profound political meaning; perhaps the symmetrical frenzy of the Lindy-hop conceals clues to great potential power." As Ellison noted then, many of our most mundane cultural forms are larger and more important than they appear, taking on great significance and an unexpected depth of meaning. What he saw in the power of the Lindy  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hancock, Black Hawk, 1971-
American allegory.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012044800
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Black Hawk Hancock
ISBN: 9780226043241 022604324X
OCLC Number: 842264652
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Prologue: this strange dance --
Finding the pocket --
Caught in the act of appropriation --
Put a little color on that! --
Steppin' out of whiteness --
Conclusion: toward a new racial politics --
References --
Responsibility: Black Hawk Hancock.
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Situates dance within a larger Chicago landscape of segregated social practices. Focusing on new forms of appropriation in an era of multiculturalism, the author underscores the institutionalization  Read more...


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"In American Allegory, Black Hawk Hancock has written a rich and intricately detailed ethnography of the distinct worlds of lindy hop and steppin'. Here, readers are offered a guide to the ways in Read more...

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