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French MovesThe Cultural Politics of le hip hop$
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Felicia McCarren

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199939954

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939954.001.0001

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French Urban Dance in Intellectual Context

(p.138) Chapter 6Techniques
French Moves

Felicia McCarren

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 puts hip hop and its pedagogy into the context of this French theory of practice, considering how a climate created by French intellectuals focusing on practice and understanding bodies as sites of cultural production and knowledge allowed hip hop to be taken seriously by ministers of culture and a left-wing elite. Reading the work of Leroi-Gourhan, Bourdieu and De Certeau anticipating and accompanying a shift to an idea of culture as practice, using dance as a subject, an example or a metaphor, provides here a context for the appreciation of the counter-cultural form and an explanation of its “recuperation” by state agencies for social purposes, and in particular the institutionalization of its transmission or pedagogy. Chapter 6 also documents how hip hop dance technique is learned, complementing these theories of practice, and the concept of mimesis is discussed in the transmission of hip hop moves. The use of the mirror in the dance studio allows a double reflection on the aestheticization of the form in class training and the constitution of a community in performance.

Keywords:   Hip Hop Dance—Study and Teaching, COMPAGNIE CHOREAM, Dance criticism—France— Gesture and Speech, Leroi-Gourhan, Andre?, 1911-1986, THEORY OF PRACTICE— Bourdieu, Pierre, 1930-2002—Les Arts de Faire- Certeau, Michel, de

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