Discourses in Dance Education for Boys in Late 20th-Century Finland
Year of Publication: 2006
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006. 336 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03910-572-4 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.470 kg, 1.036 lbs
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In male-dominated culture it is often problematic for young males to take up theatrical dance. Despite the development of gender-specific approaches to get more boys involved, dance education appears to be a prime site of oppression. Located at the intersection of dance studies and the sociology of masculinity, this book presents discourses through which masculinities are constructed and performed in the area of dance education in Finland.
The book includes a detailed investigation of male identities constructed in relation to dance, gender and sexuality as well as an analysis of masculine embodiments and performances as a political rhetoric. The author's intertextual analysis focuses on the rejection of effeminacy, or the fear of stepping 'queerly', in male dancing. Such fear, the author argues, underscores the complex question of the social legitimacy of dance art.
This book will provide new understanding on discursive power and masculinities in dance education.
Contents: Methodologies - 'Boys Will Be Boys' - Discourses in Boys' Dance Education - Themes and Practices of Male Dancing - Choreographing Masculinities - Negotiating Identities - The Fear of Dancing 'Queerly'.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Kai Lehikoinen is currently employed by the Regional Arts Council of Southwest Finland where he develops the dance infrastructure and is preparing a book on dance analysis. He teaches dance analysis and dance sociology at the Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland. He was previously a Senior Lecturer and Head of Programme in Choreography at the University College of Dance, Stockholm, Sweden, and before that, Head of Programme in Performing Arts at the Turku Polytechnic, Finland.