Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

¡Casinando! Identity, Meaning, and the Kinesthetic Language of Cuban Casino Dancing
by Martinez, Brian, M.M., The Florida State University, 2012, 137; 1515773
Abstract (Summary)

A genre of Cuban music known as timba and a genre of Cuban social dance known as casino have often been mistakenly categorized as styles of salsa music and dance. Because of this association, along with political relations between the United States and Cuba, these genres have been marginalized in favor of mainstream salsa. In this thesis, I argue that casino and timba must be understood as distinct genres from an historical perspective. Additionally, I examine casino from a linguistic perspective and apply principles of linguistic relativity to create a linguistic analogy for social partner dance. By understanding casino and timba as separate from the international salsa phenomenon, they can be studied and appreciated as the unique cultural forms that they truly are.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gunderson, Frank
Commitee: Bakan, Michael, Brewer, Charles
School: The Florida State University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Music, Caribbean Studies
Keywords: Casino, Cuba, Dance, Ethnomusicology, Language, Salsa, Timba
Publication Number: 1515773
ISBN: 978-1-267-52213-9
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