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ERIC Number: EJ932706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
The Meaning of Pain during the Process of Embodiment: A Case Study of Trainee Modern Dancers' Experiences of Pain
Singh, Sourabh
Sport, Education and Society, v16 n4 p451-465 2011
A large number of sociologists have adopted the notion of the embodied subject to escape the trappings of the rational choice theory in sociological analysis. From a phenomenological perspective, the notion of an embodied subject refers to a subject who is in unity with the world. In this paper, I will present my ethnographic study of a group of trainee dancers preparing to embody the world of modern dance. I will present my study of their training experiences as a case of subjects striving to embody a world other than the one they already embody. I observed that pain formed the core part of trainee dancers' daily experiences. Following Leder's theory of the "absent body" and Bourdieu's conception of the "modern social world", I interpreted trainee dancers' experiences of pain with respect to the historically shaped collective expectations of the world of modern dance. I argue that their experiences of pain indicate how far along they are in the process of their embodiment of the world of modern dance. As they experience a decrease in the intensity of pain during their training, trainees become closer to embodying the world of modern dance. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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