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Title: ¡Casinando!: Identity, Meaning, and the Kinesthetic Language of Cuban Casino Dancing.
Name(s): Martinez, Brian, author
Gunderson, Frank, professor directing thesis
Bakan, Michael, committee member
Brewer, Charles, committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: 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.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-5020 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: March 26, 2012.
Keywords: Casino, Cuba, Dance, Ethnomusicology, Language, Salsa
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Frank Gunderson, Professor Directing Thesis; Michael Bakan, Committee Member; Charles Brewer, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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