“If I can’t dance then it’s not my revolution”: Gender, dance, and the culture of protest

Aishwarya Chandran

Independent scholar, Kolkata. Email:

   Volume 1, Number 3, 2016 I Full Text PDF

Article DOI:  10.21659/bp.v1n3.s205

The central problem associated with the analysis of non-European forms of dance as a discourse is the absence of a canonized body of knowledge. The anthropology of dance or the identity of dance as a subjugated form of knowledge which sought to negotiate with power relations emerged fairly late in academic scholarship. Every known history of dance was invariably grounded in racial and ethnographic stereotypes. The unproblematic association of exaggerated physical movement to the beat of percussions with elaborate mating rituals is a native stereotype that the colonized have strived hard to disengage themselves from. The paper seeks to establish how dance, as a subjugated form of knowledge negotiates with power relations. It primarily looks at the ways in which the body negotiates with structures of gender and identity through the medium of dance.

Keywords: Gender, dance, protest.

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