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Dancing from the Heart: Movement, Gender, and Sociality in the Cook Islands

Kalissa Alexeyeff


This is the first study of gender, globalization, and expressive culture in the Cook Islands. It demonstrates how dance in particular plays a key role in articulating the overlapping local, regional, and transnational agendas of Cook Islanders. The book reconfigures conventional views of globalization's impact on indigenous communities, moving beyond diagnoses of cultural erosion and contamination to a grounded exploration of creative agency and vital cultural production. Central to the study is a rich and textured ethnographic account of contemporary Cook Islands dance practice. The book offe ... More

Keywords: Cook Islands, gender, globalization, dance, dance practices, precolonial traditions, missionization, colonialism, expressive culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832445
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kalissa Alexeyeff, author
University of Melbourne