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When Men DanceChoreographing Masculinities Across Borders$
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Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386691

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386691.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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When Men Dance
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Jennifer Fisher

Anthony Shay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386691.003.0001

This introduction touches on themes that recur throughout the book, exploring the binary concepts of sexuality and gender often present in Western society and others, whether they stem from conflicting scientific studies or essentialized notions prevalent in popular culture. Starting from the perspective that gender and sexuality are social constructions often realized in performance, examples focus on concepts and stereotypes that relate to masculinity in the dance world, especially those of “choreophobia” (ambivalence about dance as a potentially negative force), homophobia, and the related concept of “effeminophobia.”

Keywords:   masculinity, homophobia, gender as social construction, effeminophobia, choreophobia, dance stereotypes

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