From transnational biographies to transnational cultural space

K.E. Davis

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbuch Biographieforschung
EditorsHelma Lutz, Martina Schiebel, Elisabeth Tuider
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783658181710
ISBN (Print)9783658181703
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • transnational biographies; transnationality; methodological nationalism; local/global; global dance culture; tango nomads


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