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ERIC Number: EJ820674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
"Ballet It's Too Whitey": Discursive Hierarchies of High School Dance Spaces and the Constitution of Embodied Feminine Subjectivities
Atencio, Matthew; Wright, Jan
Gender and Education, v21 n1 p31-46 Jan 2009
This article investigates (i) how the structuring practices and meanings associated with dance classes at an inner-city American high school operated as institutional spaces (re)producing "dividing practices" that supported racial and classed hierarchies; (ii) how these racist structures were created and maintained relative to dominant notions of embodiment, "race", social class, femininity, and dance; and (iii) the way these dominant practices and hierarchies were managed by two "black" young women at the high school in order to construct particular modes of self-governance. The analysis suggests that educators be attuned to the role that spaces play in creating particular types of "docile" bodies and the strategies enacted by young people to create alternative embodied practices and subjectivities. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A