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American AllegoryLindy Hop and the Racial Imagination$
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Black Hawk Hancock

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226043074

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.001.0001

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Lead in: The Cost of Insight

Lead in: The Cost of Insight

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American Allegory

Black Hawk Hancock

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the author's immersion into the worlds of Lindy Hop and Steppin'. He participated in all aspects of the Lindy Hop dance culture and became a regular social dancer in the Chicago Steppin' world. The present volume is a confluence of three narratives: (1) an historical narrative of his immersion in and passage through the Lindy Hop and Steppin' worlds; (2) a personal narrative of his own development as a student of dance, as a scholar, and as an individual; and (3) a theoretical and methodological narrative that develops his experiences and approaches in the field to larger studies of race, culture, and identity.

Keywords:   dance culture, dancing, Lindy Hop, Steppin', social dancer

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