American Allegory : Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination / Black Hawk Hancock.
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 
1 online resource (280 p.)
- African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Blacks -- Race identity -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Dance and race.
Lindy (Dance) -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Whites -- Race identity -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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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 that Life magazine 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? In American 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.
PROLOGUE: THIS STRANGE DANCE
LEAD IN: THE COST OF INSIGHT
INTRODUCTION: THE LINDY HOP REVIVAL
1. FINDING THE POCKET
2. CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF APPROPRIATION
3. PUT A LITTLE COLOR ON THAT!
4. STEPPIN' OUT OF WHITENESS
LEAD OUT: LEARNING HOW TO MAKE LIFE SWING
CONCLUSION: TOWARD NEW TERRITORY
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.7208/9780226043241 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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