Dance, Sex, and Gender: Signs of Identity, Dominance, Defiance, and Desire

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 1988 - Performing Arts - 311 pages
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"Ambitious in its scope and interdisciplinary in its purview. . . . Without doubt future researchers will want to refer to Hanna's study, not simply for its rich bibliographical sources but also for suggestions as to how to proceed with their own work. Dance, Sex, and Gender will initiate a discussion that should propel a more methodologically informed study of dance and gender."—Randy Martin, Journal of the History of Sexuality
 

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Partilhando o mesmo instrumento - o corpo - a dança e a sexualidade atravessaram séculos alternando comportamentos, tabus, construções e reconstruções de modelos. Fisiologia, genética, papéis sociais, prazer e dor são, não por acaso, temas comuns a esses dois campos do universo humano. Foi nesse viés, que investiga as relações entre a dança e as questões de gênero, que se debruçou a pesquisadora americana Judith Lynne Hanna em 'Dança, sexo e gênero'. Resultado de um estudo abrangente, que não se detém diante das ciladas do politicamente correto, o livro reúne informação histórica e análise social, para traçar um mapa das imagens de homens, mulheres e gays dentro e fora dos palcos.  

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This book infuriates me.
To judge and be able to comment on another culture's dance without putting that culture into context is doing a disservice to that culture. It would be a different book if
Hanna were to de-colonize and de-westernize her theories, particularly in reference to Polynesia. HIstorically speaking, European colonizers, conquerers, and missionaries have changed many of the island nations in the South Pacific, forcing Western ideologies upon non-Western cultures. Male dominant culture came with the White man, as did the repression of sexuality with Christianity. Seeing dance as a sexual act in every culture around the world is not a scientific methodology, it is a social commentary that reflects the dominant Western regime. If you want a real theory, read about Edward Said's Orientialism.
Hanna's "study" is just another Margaret Mead story, in which the sexual fantasies of the West are projected upon the indigenous peoples of a far off land few Westerners will ever experience.
 

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Judith Lynne Hanna is Senior Research Scholar in the Deptartments of Dance & Anthropology at the University of Maryland. She is the author of many books including Dance, Sex, and Gender: Signs of Identity, Dominance, Defiance, and Desire and To Dance is Human: A Theory of Nonverbal Communication, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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