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Spreading the Net
Pomona Faculty Publications and Research
  • Anthony Shay, Pomona College
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2001
Keywords
  • ethnology,
  • dance,
  • ethnic dance
Abstract

The ballet and modern dance establishment has a stranglehold on dance programs throughout North America. Dance ethnology, with one or two exceptions, takes a back seat to the study of Western theater dance forms and its major figures. Individuals highly trained in dance ethnology have a difficult time accumulating sufficient "cultural capital," in Bourdieu's terms, to secure meaningful positions. As a consequence, we must "spread our nets" in order that our research and writings become more relevant outside the dance field. Dance ethnologists are uniquely poised to respond to the strong emphasis on popular culture that currently characterizes the social studies and humanities.

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Citation Information
Shay, Anthony. “Spreading the Net.” Dance Research Journal 33, no. 1 (Summer, 2001), pp. 93-94.