Dancing the local : two-step and the formation of local cultures, local places, and local identities in Austin, TX

dc.contributor.advisorHoelscher, Steven D.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMeikle, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDavis, Janet
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHartigan, John
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMellard, Jason
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRossen, Rebecca
dc.creatorRonald, Kirsten Marie
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-11T17:22:31Z
dc.date.available2018-09-11T17:22:31Z
dc.date.created2016-05
dc.date.issued2016-04-22
dc.date.submittedMay 2016
dc.date.updated2018-09-11T17:22:31Z
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation uses Austin’s two-step country dance scene to examine the construction of the local in American culture. Two-step is a social dance that is central to country music culture in Texas, Oklahoma, and the Southwest. Without a central governing body, the form and social norms associated with the dance vary across dance communities, which means that dancers use two-step to both construct and express their local culture. In Austin, the local two-step scene is a conservative response to neoliberal globalization, which many dancers feel is destroying Austin’s unique identity and culture. Here, the local operates along four interrelated dimensions. As a scene, the local is constituted through the performance of traditional gender roles; as a place, it is preserved and policed via social and structural constraints; as a form of belonging, it is a whiteness that is shaped by the Mexican and Mexican-American bodies and practices that it excludes; and as a scale, it is a terrestrially bound social formation that is inextricable from the global culture it purports to resist. Many cultural theorists emphasize the progressive potential of the local. However, the inner workings of Austin’s two-step scene suggest that the local can just as easily espouse an insular, exclusive politics, even in a supposedly progressive city.
dc.description.departmentAmerican Studies
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T23F4M661
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/68391
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectAmerican studies
dc.subjectAustin
dc.subjectDance
dc.subjectTwo-step
dc.subjectTexas
dc.subjectLocal
dc.subjectPerformance
dc.subjectBelonging
dc.subjectCultural geography
dc.subjectPlace
dc.subjectSocial dance
dc.subjectScale
dc.subjectScene
dc.titleDancing the local : two-step and the formation of local cultures, local places, and local identities in Austin, TX
dc.title.alternativeTwo-step and the formation of local cultures, local places, and local identities in Austin, TX
dc.title.alternativeTwo-step and the formation of local communities local places, and local identities in Austin, TX
dc.title.alternativeDancing the local : two-step and the formation of local communities, local places, and local identities in Austin, TX
dc.title.alternativeTwo-step and the formation of local communities, local places, and local identities in Austin, TX
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentAmerican Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineAmerican Studies
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
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