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Research Case studies

Masculinity and dance

This research examines intersectionalities of gender, race and class as experienced and performed through dance.

Particular attention is paid to how theories of masculinity concurrently both inform our understanding of male dancing bodies and inhibit how we account for complex processes of identity formation and representation. Work reflects and builds on the Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s relationship with community and voluntary organisations in Leeds where aspects of belonging, community and the potential for positive action are central, interrelated concerns. Qualitative research approaches explore how dance participants, instructors and community based organisations are dynamic as recipients and co-constituents of complex social and cultural relations in contemporary urban contexts. The work complements research on leisure spaces and informs an emerging agenda looking at creativity and performance in leisure and sport contexts that is multi-layered and intergenerational.

Research outputs

  • Watson, B. (2012). “Show me some attitude”: Masculinity and Dance. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Sociology in an age of austerity, Leeds University 11-13 April 2012.
  • Watson, B. (2012) “Let’s style it out”: Black British popular cultural production and dance. Paper submitted to Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture Special Issue Race and Ethnicity in Cultural Production.
  • Watson, B. (2011). “Show me some attitude”: Masculinity and Dance. Invited speaker at International Research in Sociology of Sport Seminar Series, UCLAN, December 7 2011.
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