Sorry I Don't Dance

Sorry I Don't Dance

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If you want to learn about masculinity, ask a man if he likes to dance. One man in this study answered, qMusic is something that goes on inside my head, and is sort of divorced from, to a large extent, the rest of my body.q How did this man's head become divorced from his body? To answer this question, Maxine Craig sought out men who love music but hate to dance. Combining interviews, participant observation and archival research, Sorry I Don't Dance uncovers the recent origins of cultural assumptions regarding sex, race, and the capacity to dance. From the beginning of the twentieth century through the Swing Era young men of all races danced. But in the 1960s suburbanization, homophobia, and fragmentation of music cultures drove white men from the dance floor, and feminized, sexualized and racialized dance. Sorry I Don't Dance reveals how changing beliefs concerning gender, race, class, and sexuality over the past half-century have redefined what it means to be a man in America.Tea dances appealed to middlea€”class New Yorkers who were excluded from society balls and feared that they would be a€œdecoyed into comproa€” ... Perhaps, he said, the stock market building should be converted to a dance hall.84 A year and a half later, on May 23, 1915, ... attending the tango teas, some of her jewels were found in a pawnshop, and she had withdrawn money from her bank aca€” count.

Title:Sorry I Don't Dance
Author:Maxine Leeds Craig
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2013-12


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