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Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora DanceIgniting Citizenship$
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Yvonne Daniel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036538

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036538.001.0001

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Diaspora Dance in the History of Dance Studies

Diaspora Dance in the History of Dance Studies

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Caribbean and Atlantic Diaspora Dance
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Yvonne Daniel

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036538.003.0002

This chapter examines Diaspora dance culture from a dance studies perspective. It begins by tracing the history of dance anthropology and Diaspora dance as a field of study, with a particular focus on some key dance scholars such as Franz Boas, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Margaret Mead, Gertrude Kurath, Katherine Dunham, and Pearl Primus. It then reviews the pioneers and pioneering literature of dance anthropology covering Caribbean, Spanish Caribbean, French/Kreyol Caribbean, English/Creole Caribbean, and Dutch Caribbean dance studies as well as dance studies of Afro-Latin territories. It also provides a short background on African and Diaspora U.S. dance studies and concludes by highlighting how visual analysis of dance formations permits a visceral understanding of Diaspora dance.

Keywords:   dance studies, Diaspora dance, dance anthropology, Margaret Mead, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Caribbean dance, Dutch Caribbean dance, Afro-Latin dance, dance formations

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