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Sorry I Don't Dance: Why Men Refuse to Move

Maxine Leeds Craig


Why do so many men in the United States refuse to dance? The answer reveals a great deal about masculinity, sexuality, and race. The book examines the past as well as the present. Drawing on research in sources ranging from military planning documents to boys’ fiction along with interviews, and participant observation, this book analyzes how dance became associated with women rather than men, youths but not adults, and people of color but not whites. The book traces the history of dancing men from1900 when white upper class men were expected to be good dancers, through dance crazes of the 1910 ... More

Keywords: Dance, Masculinity, Embodiment, Race, Men

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199845279
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845279.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maxine Leeds Craig, author
University of California, Davis