American Allegory Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination

ISBN-10: 022604310X

ISBN-13: 9780226043104

Edition: 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 Hop—the dance thatLifemagazine once billed as “America’s True National Folk Dance”—would spread from black America to make a lasting impression on white America and offer us a truly compelling means of understanding our culture. But with what hidden implications?InAmerican Allegory, Black Hawk Hancock offers an embedded and embodied ethnography that situates dance within a larger Chicago landscape of segregated social practices. Delving into two Chicago dance worlds, the Lindy and Steppin’, Hancock uses a combination of participant-observation and interviews to bring to the surface the racial tension that surrounds white use of black cultural forms. Focusing on new forms of appropriation in an era of multiculturalism, Hancock underscores the institutionalization of racial disparities and offers wonderful insights into the intersection of race and culture in America.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/27/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Black Hawk Hancockis an Assistant Professor of Sociology at DePaul University. He is currently working on a book about the cultural and racial politics of the social world of dance entitled American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination.Roberta Garneris a Professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. She is a co-editor of The New Chicago: A Social and Cultural Analysis (Temple University Press, 2006), and author of Contemporary Movements and Ideologies(McGraw-Hill, 1995) and Social Theory: Continuity and Confrontation, A Reader(Broadview Press, 2007).

Acknowledgments
Prologue: This Strange Dance
Lead In: The Cost of Insight
Introduction: The Lindy Hop Revival
Finding the Pocket
Caught in the Act of Appropriation
Put a Little Color on That!
Steppin' Out of Whiteness
Lead Out: Learning How to Make Life Swing
Conclusion: Toward New Territory
Notes
References
Index
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