- Series: Diálogos Series
- Paperback: 269 pages
- Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (January 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826329411
- ISBN-13: 978-0826329417
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance (Dialogos) (Diálogos Series)
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"Chasteen makes a valuable contribution to the dearth of literature on dance and helps elevate the status of dance studies in academia by prioritizing its social and cultural significance."
"Throughout "National Rhythms, African Roots" Chasten not only offers historical description, he paints vivid pictures of what the bar, social hall or undergound room looked like. . . an engaging history book."
"The author's lucid prose and the inherent attractions of the subject make this book ideal for use in undergraduate courses. The solid research and careful interpretation will engage a more advanced scholarly audience as well.
"Chasteen has found the genome of today's salsa, tango, samba, and rumba, and his Nobel for world dance research is sure to follow."
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John Chasteen examines the history behind sexually suggestive dances (salsa, samba, and tango) that brought people of different social classes and races together in Latin America.