chapter  7
THE POLITICS OF POPULAR CULTURE
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In the previous chapter we examined the historical roots and discursive terms of the cultural and legal regulation of dance culture. In this chapter we will consider ways of understanding the politics of dance culture itself. Much of the argument of the preceding chapters has focussed on the implicit radicalism of the experiences which are central to contemporary dance culture. However, we should make clear that we consider those experiences to be ‘radical’ only in the particular cultural contexts in which they occur. Even when we are considering large-scale phenomena like phallogocentrism or capitalism, it is important to bear in mind that such discursive formations do not constitute immutable realities but specific historical contexts, and it is only in relation to these contexts that dance culture can be said to be in any sense subversive. Like all politics, the politics of dance cultures is relational and contextspecific, a matter of the relationships between different groups and formations, rather than something inherent in its very nature.