‘It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance community

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622329
Title:
‘It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance community
Authors:
Hill, Joanne ( 0000-0001-5107-5043 ) ; Sandford, Rachel; Enright, Eimear
Abstract:
Boundaries around normative embodiments in physical cultures can be exclusionary if one’s embodied identity does not ‘fit’. Normative boundaries are particularly marked in codified forms of dance such as ballet. Moves towards body positivity aim to challenge these normative boundaries by redefining what dancers’ bodies can look like and how they should move. This paper stems from an appreciative inquiry undertaken with one such project, a gender-neutral, LGBTQ-friendly adult ballet school in the UK; a subcultural context that marks itself as distinct from broader cultures of dance. Interviews with learners are analysed through a Bourdieuian lens to explore the construction and maintenance of a body-positive subculture. Findings suggest that boundaries of ability were crossed, with celebration of all bodies’ capabilities, and boundaries of normative gender expression were transformed through a commitment to gender-neutrality and LGBTQ-friendly behaviours. However, boundaries around technical and aesthetic norms, while shifted or challenged, ultimately remained in place.
Citation:
Hill J, Sandford R, Enright E (2016) '‘It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance community', Sport in Society, 19 (5), pp.667-679.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Sport in Society
Issue Date:
18-Aug-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622329
DOI:
10.1080/17430437.2015.1073946
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17430437.2015.1073946
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1743-0437
Appears in Collections:
Sport and physical activity

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dc.contributor.authorHill, Joanneen
dc.contributor.authorSandford, Rachelen
dc.contributor.authorEnright, Eimearen
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-25T11:48:26Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-25T11:48:26Z-
dc.date.issued2015-08-18-
dc.identifier.citationHill J, Sandford R, Enright E (2016) '‘It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance community', Sport in Society, 19 (5), pp.667-679.en
dc.identifier.issn1743-0437-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17430437.2015.1073946-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622329-
dc.description.abstractBoundaries around normative embodiments in physical cultures can be exclusionary if one’s embodied identity does not ‘fit’. Normative boundaries are particularly marked in codified forms of dance such as ballet. Moves towards body positivity aim to challenge these normative boundaries by redefining what dancers’ bodies can look like and how they should move. This paper stems from an appreciative inquiry undertaken with one such project, a gender-neutral, LGBTQ-friendly adult ballet school in the UK; a subcultural context that marks itself as distinct from broader cultures of dance. Interviews with learners are analysed through a Bourdieuian lens to explore the construction and maintenance of a body-positive subculture. Findings suggest that boundaries of ability were crossed, with celebration of all bodies’ capabilities, and boundaries of normative gender expression were transformed through a commitment to gender-neutrality and LGBTQ-friendly behaviours. However, boundaries around technical and aesthetic norms, while shifted or challenged, ultimately remained in place.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17430437.2015.1073946en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.subjectdanceen
dc.subjectbodiesen
dc.subjectgenderen
dc.subjectW500 Danceen
dc.title‘It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: boundary work and the construction of a body-positive dance communityen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSport in Societyen
dc.date.updated2017-10-25T11:26:55Z-
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