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Discourses of Authenticity in the Argentine Tango Community of Pittsburgh

Knauth, Dorcinda Celiena (2005) Discourses of Authenticity in the Argentine Tango Community of Pittsburgh. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis contributes to the body of scholarly literature concerning the globalization of tango, specifically its resurgence in the late twentieth century, by providing a case study of a tango community in the United States. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dancers of Argentine social tango seek to understand the "essence" of tango, through literature, performance, and communication with other dancers. These efforts reveal much about themselves and the role that tango plays in their lives. This thesis examines the competing discourses of authenticity in Pittsburgh concerning the Argentine tango with regards to a divide in the tango community in 2002. Through ethnographic research, this thesis explores how dancers conceive of authenticity in their actions, according to venue, style, music and gender. Often, these perceptions are associated with Argentina as dancers imagine it, either in the past or in the present.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Knauth, Dorcinda
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWeintraub, Andrew Nanwein@pitt.eduANWEIN
Committee MemberEuba, Akinaeuba@pitt.eduAEUBA
Committee MemberRoot, Deane Ldlr@pitt.eduDLR
Date: 7 June 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 12 April 2005
Approval Date: 7 June 2005
Submission Date: 22 April 2005
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: dance; gender; music; strategic essentialism
Other ID:, etd-04222005-001718
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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