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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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Steppin'out of Whiteness

Steppin'out of Whiteness

(p.161) 4 Steppin'out of Whiteness
American Allegory

Black Hawk Hancock

University of Chicago Press

This chapter recounts the author's engagement with the Steppin' scene in Chicago and explores how cultural practice enables the contestation and transgression of racial categories. This approach presents an alternative model for explaining racial identity, grounded in the competencies and embodied knowledge that one enacts in practice, which opens up new antiessentialist possibilities for theorizing race and an antiracist politics based in cultural labor. In doing so, the chapter highlights the nuances of subcultures within the larger African American community by showing the internal differences that exemplify the complexity of discussing a singular African American community in relation to any particular cultural form.

Keywords:   dance, dancing, Steppin', cultural practice, racial identity, African American culture

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