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Dancing Revolution: Bodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History

Christopher J. Smith


This book is a social history, theorizing participatory dance in New World public spaces as a tool that has enabled subaltern communities’ political resistance to hegemonic control. Drawing upon musicology, ethnomusicology, iconography, anthropology, dance studies, and folklore, and spanning examples from the eighteenth through the twenty-first century, it identifies recurrent strategic patterns in the music, movement, and “noise” that political minorities--including persons of color, economic underclasses, women, gays, and other resistance movements--have employed to oppose, contest, and tran ... More

Keywords: dance, music, noise, public space, musicology, ethnomusicology, politics, transgression, subaltern, social history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042393
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher J. Smith, author
Texas Tech University