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Soulstepping: African American Step Shows

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Stepping is a complex performance that melds folk traditions with popular culture and involves synchronized percussive movement, singing, speaking, chanting, and drama. Elizabeth C. Fine's stunningly elaborate and vibrant portrayal of the cultural politics of stepping draws on interviews with individuals on college campuses and steppers and stepping coaches from high schools, community groups, churches, and dance organizations. Soulstepping is the first book to document the history of stepping, its roots in ...

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Overview

Stepping is a complex performance that melds folk traditions with popular culture and involves synchronized percussive movement, singing, speaking, chanting, and drama. Elizabeth C. Fine's stunningly elaborate and vibrant portrayal of the cultural politics of stepping draws on interviews with individuals on college campuses and steppers and stepping coaches from high schools, community groups, churches, and dance organizations. Soulstepping is the first book to document the history of stepping, its roots in African and African American culture, and its transformation by churches, schools, and social groups into a powerful tool for instilling group identity and community involvement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252075346
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/2007
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth C. Fine is an associate professor in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech. She is the author of The Folklore Text: From Performance to Print.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 A History of Stepping 11
2 A Ritual Dance of Identity 48
3 Stepping Out an African Heritage 76
4 Stepping Forth: New Participants and Venues 94
5 The Cultural Politics of African American Step Shows 126
Epilogue: Soulstepping 149
App List of Persons Interviewed 155
Notes 157
Bibliography 171
Index 181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    Get Your Step On

    I enjoyed this book. It gave a in depth history of stepping. It revved me up about the topic. If you are interested in learning about the history of stepping and have a zest to learn more this is the book for you.

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