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!Read E-pub º Jookin': The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture õ Katrina Hazzard Gordon offers the first analysis of the development of the jook an underground cultural institution created by the black working class together with other dance arenas in African American culture Beginning with the effects of African slaves middle passage experience on their traditional dances, she traces the unique and virtually autonomous dance culture that developed in the rural South Like the blues, these secular dance forms and institutions were brought north and urbanized by migrating blacks In northern cities, some aspects of black dance became integrated into white culture and commercialized Focusing on ten African American dance arenas from the period of enslavement to the mid twentieth century, this book explores the jooks, honky tonks, rent parties, and after hours joints as well as the licensed membership clubs, dance halls, cabarets, and the dances of the black eliteJook houses emerged during the Reconstruction era and can be viewed as a cultural response to freedom In the jook, Hazzard Gordon explains, an immeasurable amount of core black culture including food, language, community fellowship, mate selection, music, and dance found a sanctuary of expression when no other secular institution flourished among the folk The jook and its various derivative forms have provided both entertainment and an economic alternative such as illegal lotteries and numbers to people excluded from the dominant economy Dances like the Charleston, shimmy, snake hips, funky butt, twist, and slow drag originated in the jooks some can be traced back to AfricaSocial dancing links black Americans to their African past strongly than any other aspect of their culture Citing the significance of dance in the African American psyche, this study explores the establishments that nurtured ancestral as well as communal links for African Americans, vividly describing black dances, formal rituals, such as debutante balls, and the influence of black dance on white culture A nice history of dancing in the African American community Good references between social history and dance history, but I would have likedexamples of steps and mechanics of dances.Admittedly, I have been exposed to movement concepts through old timers and dance classes so I would have liked to have had what I learned compared to what people were doing at the time What this book gave me was a fuller view of the social lives of the people and culture who were doing the partner dancing of A nice history of dancing in the African American community Good references between social history and dance history, but I would have likedexamples of steps and mechanics of dances.Admittedly, I have been exposed to movement concepts through old timers and dance classes so I would have liked to have had what I learned compared to what people were doing at the time What this book gave me was a fuller view of the social lives of the people and culture who were doing the partner dancing of the time The focus is wayon the dance arenas than on the actual dancing the title is slightly misleading Jooks would beaccurate , but it is still some good history. The subject is fascinating, and much of the primary source content, but the organization and writing felt dry and lifeless especially compared to the type of dancing that served as the focus I was most disappointed at the lack of sensitivity to the dance as movement Very rarely did the author include descriptions of movements accompany their suggestive, but not necessarily defining, names for moves or steps such as funky butt, camel walks, snake hips, etc Moreover, there s doubtless much to The subject is fascinating, and much of the primary source content, but the organization and writing felt dry and lifeless especially compared to the type of dancing that served as the focus I was most disappointed at the lack of sensitivity to the dance as movement Very rarely did the author include descriptions of movements accompany their suggestive, but not necessarily defining, names for moves or steps such as funky butt, camel walks, snake hips, etc Moreover, there s doubtless much to be gained by an insightful analysis of these movements, the spaces in which they occurred, and the social, political, and economic structures that led and followed the actual steps of the dancers