In this chapter, I will analyse the recent revival of Argentinean tango as an example of a transnational cultural space. Based on biographical research with tango dancers both within and outside Argentina, I show how these dancers participate locally in what is also a global dance culture and what it means for their lives, aspirations, and sense of themselves in the world around them. I argue that developing a transnational perspective on tango requires not only understanding the dancers who move across national borders in order to dance, but also those who never leave home. A case will be made for rethinking the concept of transnational biography with an eye toward understanding the ways all of our lives are already and continue to be deeply interconnected with the lives of other across the globe.
|Title of host publication||Handbuch Biographieforschung|
|Editors||Helma Lutz, Martina Schiebel, Elisabeth Tuider|
|Place of Publication||Wiesbaden|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- transnational biographies; transnationality; methodological nationalism; local/global; global dance culture; tango nomads