Sweating Saris: Indian Dance as Transnational Labor (BOK)

Priya Srinivasan

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Combining critical dance history and ethnography to look at issues of immigration, citizenship, and ethnic identity, Priya Srinivasan's groundbreaking book Sweating Saris considers Indian dance in the diaspora as a form of embodied, gendered labour. Chronicling the social, cultural, and political relevance of the dancers' experiences, she raises questions of class, cultural nationalism, and Orientalism. Srinivasan presents stories of female (and male) Indian dancers who were brought to the United States between the 1880s and early 1900s to perform. She argues that mastery of traditional Indian dance is intended to socialize young women into their role as proper Indian American women in the twenty-first century. The saris and bells that are intrinsic to the shaping of female Indian American gender identity also are produced by labouring bodies, which sweat from the physical labour of the dance and thus signifies both the material realities of the dancing body and the abstract aesthetic labour.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Priya Srinivasan
Forlag
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9781439904305
Antall sider 236 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,6cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 299 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Sociology: work & labour, Dance