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Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern CaliforniaModern Pleasures in a Postmodern World$
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Mark F. DeWitt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604730906

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604730906.001.0001

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Music, Dance, and Social Capital

Music, Dance, and Social Capital

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(p.40) Chapter Three Music, Dance, and Social Capital
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Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California
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Mark F. DeWitt

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730906.003.0003

This chapter discusses how the concept of social capital can help us understand the development of a sustainable local music and dance scene. The resources involved include cultural knowledge as well as volunteer efforts to organize events and physical locations to host them. Later, a group of outsider-enthusiasts attracted to the music and dance enlarges the audience and brings other resources with them. Trust among individuals—developed in this dense social network through frequent face-to-face interaction—facilitates cooperation.

Keywords:   social capital, music, creative power, dancing, cultural knowledge, social network

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