Entangled Mobilities in the Transnational Salsa Circuit: The Esperanto of the Body, Gender and Ethnicity, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Entangled Mobilities in the Transnational Salsa Circuit

The Esperanto of the Body, Gender and Ethnicity, 1st Edition

By Joanna Menet


208 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-07-22
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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 Havana and several European cities, the author draws on the notion of ‘entangled mobilities’ to show how the intimate gendered and ethnicized 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 racialized 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 1: A Theoretical, Methodological and Empirical Introduction to the Salsa Circuit

1. Studying Salsa

2. The Salsa Circuit

Part 2: Negotiating Ethnicity and Gender in the Salsa Circuit

Introduction to Part 2: Conceptual Notes on Conventions, Ethnicity and Gender

3. Negotiating Salsa’s Latinness in Dancing and Teaching

4. Doing, Redoing and Undoing Gender in Salsa Dancing

Part 3: Transnational Careers of Salsa Dance Professionals

Introduction to Part 3: Conceptual Notes on Transnational Careers

5. Becoming a Salsa Dance Professional

6. Accessing the European Salsa Circuit

7. Building Up Reputation

Part 4: Conclusion


About the Author

Joanna Menet is a post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratory for the Study of Social Processes at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

About the Series

The Feminist Imagination - Europe and Beyond

The Feminist Imagination - Europe and Beyond
With a specific focus on the notion of 'cultural translation' and 'travelling theory', this series operates on the assumption that ideas are shaped by the contexts in which they emerge, as well as by the ways that they 'travel' across borders and are received and re-articulated in new contexts. In demonstrating the complexity of the differences (and similarities) in feminist thought throughout Europe and between Europe and other parts of the world, the books in this series highlight the ways in which intellectual and political traditions, often read as homogeneous, are more often heterogeneous. It therefore provides a forum for the latest work that engages with the European experience, illuminating the various exchanges (from the USA as well as Europe) that have informed European feminism. The series thus allows for an international discussion about the history and imaginary of Europe from perspectives within and outside Europe, examining not only Europe's colonial legacy, but also the various forms of 'cultural imperialism' that have shaped societies outside Europe. Considering aspects of Europe 'abroad' as well as Europe 'at home', this series is committed to publishing work that reveals the central and continued importance of the genealogy of feminist ideas to feminism and all those interested in questions of gender.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General