Femininity and Dance in Egypt: Embodiment and Meaning in al-Raqs al-Baladi: Cairo Papers in Social Science Vol. 32, No. 3
Considering the paradoxical position of al-raqs al-baladi or ‚àö√≠belly dance‚àö√¨ in Egyptian social life, as both a vibrant and a contested cultural form, this issue of Cairo Papers in Social Science considers the impact of wider socio-cultural and political forces on the marginalization of professional performers, on the one hand, and in defining the parameters for non-professional performances on the other hand. Through interviews with professional and non-professional female dancers in Egypt, it explores the relationship between al-raqs al-baladi and the dynamic cultural repertoire that produces notions of femininity and normative personhood in Egypt. As a dance that Egyptians learn in childhood, it exposes the cardinal relationship between culture and body movement. The study received the Magda al-Nowaihi Award for best graduate work on gender studies in 2010.
Cairo Papers in Social Science 32/3
We Also Recommend
Sharia and National Law: Comparing the Legal Systems of Twelve Islamic Countries
Making Film in Egypt: How Labor, Technology, and Mediation Shape the Industry
Constructions of Masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa: Literature, Film, and National Discourse