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- DescriptionDancing 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 indigeus communities, moving beyond diagses 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 ethgraphic 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 ecomic practices of postcolonial Cook Islanders.
- Author BiographyKalissa Alexeyeff is a McArthur Fellow in the Gender Studies Program at the University of Melbourne.
- Author(s)Kalissa Alexeyeff
- PublisherUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Date of Publication15/04/2009
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationHonolulu, HI
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Hawai'i Press
- Content Note8 illustrations, 2 maps
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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