Dancing in place: the radical production of civic spaces

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dc.contributor.advisor Hoelscher , Steven D . en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Adams , Paul C . en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 182729372 en_US
dc.creator Somdahl , Katrinka Cleora , 1970 - en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008 -08 -28T23 :51 :48Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :34 :02Z
dc.date.available 2008 -08 -28T23 :51 :48Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :34 :02Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008 -08 -28T23 :51 :48Z
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3499
dc.description.abstract Public spaces can be manipulated by choreographers to create political identifications that last long beyond the ephemeral performance event . How public space is defined and utilized is intimately connected with a society's definition of who is to be included and the kind of political community to be fostered . Through an engagement with feminist and political geographic writings I argue that dance , as an art form that is dominated by women , can create meaningful public spaces where these women express political attitudes , assert claims to the public realm , and actively use it for their own purposes . Using qualitative methods , three choreographers are highlighted to investigate how they each use symbolism , the social narratives concerning each site , and the built environment to communicate with their audiences about gentrification , environmental protection , and restrictive social mores . This work asserts that the social value of art combined with the nonverbal communication powers of the body leads to a heightened awareness of the political voice of the women involved in these urban performances . en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author . Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries , The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works . en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Feminism and art en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Performance art en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dance en_US
dc.title Dancing in place : the radical production of civic spaces en_US
dc.title.alternative Radical production of civic spaces
dc.description.department Geography and the Environment en_US
dc.identifier.recnum b69365040 en_US
dc.type.genre Thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Geography en_US
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin en_US
thesis.degree.department Geography and the Environment en_US


Dancing in place: the radical production of civic spaces. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /3499 .

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