Salsa Magic: an Exploratory Netnographic Analysis of the Salsa Experience

Kathy Hamilton, Strathclyde University, UK
Paul Hewer, University of Strathclyde, UK
This is a paper about the promise of salsa dancing as unfolding social drama. We argue that a turn to dance offers much potential to reinvigorate ways of theorizing consumer culture, necessitating we take seriously talk around such experiences. Based on a netnographic analysis, which is inspired by the informative work of Kozinets (1997, 1998, 2001). We reveal how dance is a reflexive form of knowledge enacted in and through our bodies, where the settled and fixed becomes disturbed. Dance then makes possible shared passions, exhilarations and desires lacking from people’s everyday lives granting them a space for expression.
[ to cite ]:
Kathy Hamilton and Paul Hewer (2009) ,"Salsa Magic: an Exploratory Netnographic Analysis of the Salsa Experience", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 36, eds. Ann L. McGill and Sharon Shavitt, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 502-508.