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American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination

Black Hawk Hancock

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226043074
eISBN:
9780226043241
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

“Perhaps,” wrote Ralph Ellison more than seventy years ago, “the zoot suit contains profound political meaning; perhaps the symmetrical frenzy of the Lindy-hop conceals clues to great potential ... More


Lead in: The Cost of Insight

Black Hawk Hancock

in American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226043074
eISBN:
9780226043241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

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 ... More


Introduction: The Lindy Hop Revival

Black Hawk Hancock

in American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226043074
eISBN:
9780226043241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter examines the history of the Lindy Hop and what its revival says about the ongoing story of our struggles with “American” cultural identity. It relates the Lindy Hop scene to the social ... More


Steppin'out of Whiteness

Black Hawk Hancock

in American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226043074
eISBN:
9780226043241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

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 ... More


Lead Out: Learning How to Make Life Swing

Black Hawk Hancock

in American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226043074
eISBN:
9780226043241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter presents the author's own reflections as an embedded and embodied ethnographer in relation to the craft he mastered and the worlds he traveled through on the way to that mastery. This ... More


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