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Afro-Peruvian dance : an embodied struggle for visibility and integration

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Title: Afro-Peruvian dance : an embodied struggle for visibility and integration
Authors: Porras, Katherine Aissa
Keywords: Afro-Peruvian
Afro-Latin identity
Cultural resistance
Issue Date: May 2012
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2012]
Abstract: This thesis analyzes four Afro-Peruvian dances (Festejo, Zamacueca, Alcatraz, and Lando) in contemporary Peru and the impact of these dances in the transformation of Afro Peruvians status in Peruvian society. Historically, Afro-Peruvians have been marginalized in political, economical and educational sectors in Peru. I argue that even though Afro-Peruvian dance has been used as an entertainment tool for commodification, it has also provided a space for the development of Afro-Peruvians' embodiment of Black consciousness; and furthermore, a space for contestation, negotiation of power and status of Afro-Peruvians. With this emerging consciousness Afro-Peruvians can challenge the hierarchical power structure within Peruvian society. This study employs an ethnographic approach based on my knowledge as an Afro-Peruvian dance practitioner, and the application of Louis Althusser's technique of symptomatic reading to archival videos, interviews, and English and Spanish literature.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2012.
Includes bibliographical references.
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