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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

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

Mark F. DeWitt

University Press of Mississippi

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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