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  • Smith, Christopher J. (Christopher John), 1959- author.
  • Dance -- United States -- History.
  • Dance -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
  • Popular culture -- United States -- History.
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    Dancing revolution : bodies, space, and sound in American cultural history / Christopher J. Smith.
    by Smith, Christopher J. (Christopher John), 1959- author.
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    Urbana, [Illinois] : University of Illinois Press, [2019]
  • Dance -- United States -- History.
  • Dance -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
  • Popular culture -- United States -- History.
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    xii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
    Introduction: "Callin' out, around the world..." -- Sacred bodies in the great awakenings -- A tale of two cities I: akimbo bodies and the English Caribbean -- Spaces, whistles, tags, and drums: irruptive noise -- A tale of two cities II: festival and spectacle in the French Caribbean -- Utopian movements and moments: shakers and ghost dancers -- Blackface transformations I: modernism, primitivism, and race -- Blackface transformations II: voyeurism, identity, and double-consciousness -- Body and spirit in a post-1960s world: hippies, queens, punks, and B-boys -- Street dance and the dream of Freedom: "It's an invitation across the nation..."
    Smith's project reconfigures the understanding of public space as a site for symbolic contestation of social and political control by investigating historical moments of participatory vernacular dance. Smith focuses extensively on public venues, such as the street, dance hall, and theater, in order to analyze the ways in which participatory public dance - street dance - functioned as a tool for contesting, constructing, or reinventing social order.
    Utilizing individual case studies that include, in part, the God-intoxicated public demonstrations of the First Great Awakening; the Creolized antebellum theatrical and festival dance of cities as diverse as New Orleans, Albany, and Bristol; the modernism, primitivism, and racial integration of 20th century African American popular dance; and the social role of dance in contemporary transgressive communities, Smith's project spans centuries, geographies, and cultural identities.
    Smith contends that highly diverse groups from across a very wide span of political and cultural identities have struck upon street dance as an effective and empowering rhetorical strategy. Smith analyzes the particularly explosive contestation of gender, sexuality, race, class, and community identity that occurs when these participatory public dances occur. (Publisher)
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    Music in American life
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