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National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance

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Publisher Comments:

When John Charles Chasteen learned that Sim?n Bolívar, the Liberator, danced on a banquet table to celebrate Latin American independence in 1824, he tried to visualize the scene. How, he wondered, did the Liberator dance? Did he bounce stiffly in his dress uniform? Or did he move his hips? In other words, how high had African dance influences reached in Latin American societies? A vast social gap separated Bolívar from people of African descent; however, Chasteen's research shows that popular culture could bridge the gap.

Fast-paced and often funny, this book explores the history of Latin American popular dance before the twentieth century. Chasteen first focuses on Havana, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro, where dances featuring a "transgressive close embrace" (forerunners of today's salsa, tango, and samba) emerged by 1900. Then, digging deeper in time, Chasteen uncovers the historical experiences that molded Latin American popular dance, including carnival celebrations, the social lives of slaves, European fashions, and, oddly enough, religious processions. The relationship between Latin American dance and nationalism, it turns out, is very deep, indeed.

Book News Annotation:

For Chasteen, (history, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) dance speaks to collective identities even more than music, explores the "transgression" of African movements in the Latin American popular dances of the 20th century. He argues that the pair dancing of Europe became combined with the "break" movements of African dance (associated by Europeans with sexual intercourse) to produce the distinctive salsas, tangos, and sambas of Latin America. He compares and contrasts development of Brazilian, Argentine, and Cuban dances, relating them historically to differing social relations between Africans and Europeans.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

John Chasteen examines the history behind sexually suggestive dances (salsa, samba, and tango) that brought people of different social classes and races together in Latin America.

About the Author

John Charles Chasteen is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826329417
Author:
Chasteen, John Charles
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Editor:
Johnson, Lyman L.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Dance
Subject:
Dance - Popular
Subject:
Dance - Ethnic
Subject:
Dance - History
Subject:
Dance -- Latin America -- History.
Subject:
Dance -- Political aspects -- Latin America.
Subject:
Dance-Theory and History
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Dance-Miscellaneous Other Dance Forms
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
269
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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