"Kathy Davis is an expert and engaging feminist tour guide to the passionate and paradoxical global practice of contemporary Argentine tango. Through its astute ethnographic comparison of tango cultures in Buenos Aires and Amsterdam, Dancing Tango offers a laudable contribution to literature on tango, gender, and contemporary global cultural developments."
—Judith Stacey, tango dancer and author of Unhitched
"Providing us with a sensual, groundbreaking and highly accessible account of how the global phenomenon of Argentinean tango is implicated in a desire for a liminal experience of embodied connectivity in music, Kathy Davis places her global ethnography in a context that explores the intersections between the politics of passion, performance, gender, and transnational connections, power-relations and imaginaries. This compelling study will be an invaluable resource for scholars and students interested in feminist sociology, ethnography, sexuality, embodiment and globalization."
—Chris Shilling, author of The Body and Social Theory
"Davis has written a superb, complex, and stimulating book. She obliges all of us to think."
—The Queer Tango Book Project
"A thoughtful and enjoyable study of tango in Argentina and Amsterdam goes beyond the history of the dance to explore the possibilities and perils of bodies, passion, gender, and identity in the modern transnational world."
—Anthropology Review Database
"Hopefully this wonderful and creative book will get many more people on to the dance floor. And not just hopping about any old how in lonely (but usually crowded) isolation, but engaging in learning the rules of dancing with a partner. No need to stand on your toes, or anyone else’s; it is about extending the possibilities of what your mind and your body can do.”
—Times Literary Supplement
—Dance Research Journal
“Davis’s participant-informant status serves her well as she describes the subtle communication that goes on chest to chest as the dancers’ use of wordless cues to make adjustments and improvise, and the engrossing safety of their embrace.”
—Women's Review of Books
“[…] Dancing Tango is an engaging book where tango is quite rightly taken seriously as a social and cultural phenomenon. This book displays a thoroughly readable style, which is at times playful and humorous. Davis does not shy away from potentially difficult, personal, intimate, or emotional topics, and this keeps the reader engaged.”
—American Journal of Sociology
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