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Dancing from the Heart: Movement, Gender, and Sociality in the Cook Islands

Dancing from the Heart: Movement, Gender, and Sociality in the Cook Islands
 

Features a study of gender, globalization, and expressive culture in the Cook Islands. This book demonstrates how dance in particular plays a key role in articulating the overlapping local, regional, and transnational agendas of Cook Islanders. It also covers conventional views o... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780824832445
Published 1 January 2009 by University of Hawai'i Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Alexeyeff, Kalissa

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ISBN-13 9780824832445
ISBN-10 0824832442
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Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-15 working days
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Imprint University of Hawai'i Press
Publication Date 1 January 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Alexeyeff, Kalissa
Category Non-Fiction (Child / Teen)
Performing Arts
Social & Cultural Anthropology
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
Pasifika
Cook Islands
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Dance - Social aspects - Cook Islands, Culture and globalization - Cook Islands, Sex role - Cook Islands, Cook Islands - Social life and customs, Cook Islands
NBS Text Sociology & Anthropology: Professional
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 499g
Dewey Code 306.4846099623
Catalogue Code 103099

Description of this Book

Dancing from the Heart is the first study of gender, globalization, and expressive culture in the Cook Islands. It demonstrates how dance in particular plays a key role in articulating the overlapping local, regional, and transnational agendas of Cook Islanders. Kalissa Alexeyeff reconfigures conventional views of globalization's impact on indigenous communities, moving beyond diagnoses of cultural erosion and contamination to a grounded exploration of creative agency and vital cultural production. Central to the study is a rich and textured ethnographic account of contemporary Cook Islands dance practice. Based on fieldwork, in-depth interviews, and archival research, it offers an engrossing analysis of how Cook Islands social life is generated through expressive practices. Dance is explored in a variety of settings, including beauty pageants, tourist venues, nightclubs, and community celebrations at home and within Cook Islands communities abroad. Contemporary Cook Islands dance practices are also shaped by competing ideas about the past. Debates about precolonial traditions, missionization, and colonialism pervade discussions about dance and expressive culture. Alexeyeff shows how the politics of tradition reflect the competing moral, political, personal, and economic practices of postcolonial Cook Islanders.

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Author's Bio

Kalissa Alexeyeff is a McArthur Fellow in the Gender Studies Program at the University of Melbourne.

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