Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination
In American Allegory, Black Hawk Hancock offers an embedded and embodied ethnography that situates dance within a larger Chicago landscape of segregated social practices. Delving into two Chicago dance worlds, the Lindy and Steppin’, Hancock uses a combination of participant-observation and interviews to bring to the surface the racial tension that surrounds white use of black cultural forms. Focusing on new forms of appropriation in an era of multiculturalism, Hancock underscores the institutionalization of racial disparities and offers wonderful insights into the intersection of race and culture in America.
Introduction: The Lindy Hop Revival
1 Finding the Pocket
2 Caught in the Act of Appropriation
3 Put a Little Color on That!
4 Steppin’ Out of Whiteness
Lead Out: Learning How to Make Life Swing
Conclusion: Toward New Territory