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This research explores current controversies within country dance communities and the implications of cultural and ethical issues related to representation of gender and race in a KOS for an ICH, while investigating the importance of context and the applicability of semantic approaches in the implementation of synonym rings. During development of a controlled vocabulary to represent dance concepts for country dance choreography, this study encountered and considered the importance of history and culture regarding synonymous and near-synonymous terms used to describe dance roles and choreographic elements. A subset of names for the same choreographic concepts across four subdomains of country dance (English country dance, Scottish country dance, contra dance, and modern western square dance) were used as a case study. These concepts included traditionally gendered dance roles and choreographic terms with a racially pejorative history. Through the lens of existing research on ethical knowledge organization, this study focused on principles and methods of transparency, multivocality, cultural warrant, cultural hospitality, and intersectionality to conduct a domain analysis of country dance resources. The analysis revealed differing levels of engagement and distinction among dance practitioners and communities for their preferences to use different terms for the same concept. Various lexical, grammatical, affective, social, political, and cultural aspects also emerged as important contextual factors for the use and assignment of terms. As a result, this study proposes the use of semantic annotation to represent those contextual factors and to allow mechanisms of user choice in the design of a country dance knowledge organization system. Future research arising from this study would focus on expanding examination to other country dance genres and continued exploration of the use of semantic approaches to represent contextual factors in controlled vocabulary development.
- Adler, Melissa. 2017. “Classification Along the Color Line: Excavating Racism from the Stacks.” Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1: 1-32.
- Adler, Melissa and Lindsey M. Harper. 2018. “Race and Ethnicity in Classification Systems: Teaching Knowl¬edge Organization from a Social Justice Perspective.” Library Trends 67: 52-73.
- Adler, Melissa and Joseph T. Tennis. 2013. “Toward a Taxonomy of Harm in Knowl¬edge Organization Systems.” Knowl¬edge Organization 40: 266-72.