Male ballet dancers' gender identity construction : sexuality and body.

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dc.contributor.author Reeves, Megan Moya
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-03T10:05:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-03T10:05:37Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/11874
dc.description.abstract Male ballet dancers are often constructed as being feminine or homosexual (Bailey & Obershneider, 1997; Phillips, 2008), attributes that do not conform to the broader social ideas of what it means to be a masculine male in South Africa. Therefore, the space occupied by male ballet dancers in South Africa is one that contradicts the patriarchal ideas of masculinity and provides further insights into constructions of masculinity that do not conform to essentialist understandings. Therefore, the aim of this research report was to investigate the ways in which male ballet dancers construct their gender identities, sexualities and bodies within this contradictory space. A purposeful sample of four classically trained male ballet dancers over the age of 18 from Johannesburg, South Africa, was invited to participate in the study by means of snowball sampling. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews and were examined using narrative analysis. It was found that male ballet dancers construct their gender identities through their bodies by virtue of their performances. They believe that by linking ballet to other masculine activities, such as sport, they can better negotiate their gender identities in a context where their profession is viewed as inferior, feminine and homosexual. The findings of this research have contributed to a better understanding of gender in an alternative domain, where the ways in which male ballet dancers construct their gender identities are challenged. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Ballet en_ZA
dc.subject Body en_ZA
dc.subject Gender en_ZA
dc.subject Identity en_ZA
dc.subject Masculinity en_ZA
dc.subject Sexuality en_ZA
dc.subject Social constructionism en_ZA
dc.subject Stereotypes en_ZA
dc.title Male ballet dancers' gender identity construction : sexuality and body. en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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