With attention to the transnational dance world of salsa, this book explores the circulation of people, imaginaries, dance movements, conventions and affects from a transnational perspective. Through interviews and ethnographic, multi-sited research in several European cities and Havana, the author draws on the notion of "entangled mobilities" to show how the intimate gendered and ethnicised moves on the dance floor relate to the cross-border mobility of salsa dance professionals and their students. A combination of research on migration and mobility with studies of music and dance, Entangled Mobilities in the Transnational Salsa Circuit contributes to the fields of transnationalism, mobility and dance studies, thus providing a deeper theoretical and empirical understanding of gendered and racialised transnational phenomena. As such it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in migration, cultural studies and gender studies.
Table of Contents
"Bailamos, Shall we Dance?" An Ethnographic Entry to Salsa
Part I: An Introduction to the Salsa Circuit
1. Studying Salsa
2. The Salsa Circuit
Part II: Negotiating Ethnicity and Gender
3. Negotiating Salsa’s "Latinness"
4. Doing, Redoing and Undoing Gender in Salsa Dancing
Part III: Transnational Careers
5. Becoming a Salsa Dance Professional
6. Accessing the European Salsa Circuit
7. Building Up Reputation
Part IV: Conclusion
Joanna Menet is a post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratory for the Study of Social Processes at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.