By Rachel Kraus
With its roots in heart jap and North African dance, stomach dance is a well-liked relaxation task within the West with girls (and a few males) of every age and physique forms pursing the job for varied purposes. Drawing on empirical study, fieldwork, and interviews with members, this booklet investigates the social global and small crew cultures of yank stomach dance, studying some of the ways that humans use rest to build the self and social relationships.
With realization to gender expectancies, physique photo, sexuality, group, non secular reports, and the method of opting for with a rest task, this booklet indicates how humans interact within the related pursuit in various methods. It sheds mild at the demeanour within which dancers attempt to accommodate the demanding situations provided through inner energy struggles and legitimacy bids, public ideals, slim cultural beliefs of attractiveness and infrequently sexualized assumptions approximately their paintings.
A attention-grabbing learn of identification paintings and the replica and tough of gender norms via a gendered relaxation job, Gendered our bodies and rest: The perform and function of yank stomach Dance might be of curiosity to scholars and students learning gender and sexuality, the sociology of relaxation, the sociology of the physique and interactionist thought.