Swinging Toward Social Change: How Lindy Hop Promotes Gender Equality

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lily Shaw (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/
Joseph Gonzalez

Abstract: Lindy Hop is a type of swing dance that became popularized in the late 1920’s. As a dancer in the current revival, I have noticed a dissonance between the discussions of gender equality in the community and the people’s actions. After conducting interviews and observations at The Snowball, a Lindy Hop event in Stockholm, Sweden, I coded my data and organized it based on common themes. I discovered that the community members’ actions and experiences are not as progressive as their discussions. Furthermore, individuals have not thought much about their goals for the future of Lindy Hop. I believe that we can bridge these gaps through being accountable for our actions, creating discussion, and holding our leadership to high standards.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Shaw, L. (2018). "Swinging Toward Social Change: How Lindy Hop Promotes Gender Equality." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2018
Lindy Hop, swing dancing, gender equality African-American dance, social change

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