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The correct answer choice is (D)
This question asks about the end of the second paragraph and the author’s reference to experts in dance. The author’s point is that previously, there had not been overlap between dance expertise and social science expertise, which was one of the reasons Dunham was able to become such a pioneer.
Answer choice (A): The author does not mention experts in dance to suggest why a group of scientists did not embrace the study of a particular cultural art form, but to explain that there was not much overlap between the two areas of expertise.
Answer choice (B): The author does not say that one group was more qualified to study a particular culture, but rather that experts in dance didn’t know much about social science, and that the social scientists didn’t know much about dance.
Answer choice (C): The mention of experts does not refer to a factor that led Dunham to pursue a new line of research—the lack of overlap in expertise made her a pioneer, but the experts were not a motivating factor, so this cannot be the right answer choice.
Answer choice (D): This is the correct answer choice. As prephrased above, the author’s reference helps to explain why there had not been more research into this area previously.
Answer choice (E): The author does not say that there was a tension between the members of two fields of research, but merely that there was little overlap in expertise between the two groups.